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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2010, Article ID 631036, 3 pages
Case Report

Benign Pneumoperitoneum after Colonoscopy

1General Surgery Department, Cankiri State Hospital, 18100 Cankiri, Turkey
2Thoracic Surgery Department, Cankiri State Hospital, 1810 Cankiri, Turkey
35th General Surgery Department, Ankara Training and Research Hospital, 06030 Ankara, Turkey

Received 16 January 2010; Revised 14 April 2010; Accepted 12 May 2010

Academic Editor: Gianfranco D. Alpini

Copyright © 2010 Sevim Ustek et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Pneumoperitoneum frequently indicates a perforated abdominal viscus that requires emergent surgical management. However; pneumoperitoneum, on rare occasion, can occur without perforation. In these cases, it is defined as benign pneumoperitoneum. Benign pneumoperitoneum means asymptomatic free intra-abdominal air or pneumoperitoneum without peritonitis and can occur occasionally with colonoscopy. In this paper, we present a rare case of benign pneumoperitoneum that developed after diagnostic colonoscopy and review it in conjunction with the current literature.