Pneumoperitoneum Post Esophageal Stent Insertion Managed With Paracentesis

Priyanthi Widana Pathirana, Chandika Liyanage


Gastrointestinal tract perforation is a known complication of endoscopy and may present itself as a pneumoperitoneum, pneumomediastinum or less commonly subcutaneous emphysema. Due to high insufflation pressures, barotrauma or mechanical trauma may result in a large pneumoperitoneum; however, the leak may spontaneously seal once insufflation has ceased. While unwell and peritonitic patients require prompt surgical intervention, in many cases patients may be clinically stable and respond appropriately to conservative management. We present the case of pneumoperitoneum post esophageal stent insertion for management of malignant dysphagia in a 74-year-old female patient. She experienced severe epigastric pain immediately post procedure and on image confirmation of a pneumoperitoneum underwent a paracentesis with significant pain relief and was then successfully managed conservatively. This case highlights that paracentesis may provide significant symptomatic relief from decompression of intra-abdominal free gas and facilitate non-operative management of pneumoperitoneum post upper gastrointestinal tract endoscopy.

J Med Cases. 2022;13(4):178-182


Pneumoperitoneum; Endoscopy; Esophageal stent; Paracentesis

Full Text: HTML PDF

Browse  Journals  


Journal of Clinical Medicine Research

Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Journal of Clinical Gynecology and Obstetrics


World Journal of Oncology

Gastroenterology Research

Journal of Hematology


Journal of Medical Cases

Journal of Current Surgery

Clinical Infection and Immunity


Cardiology Research

World Journal of Nephrology and Urology

Cellular and Molecular Medicine Research


Journal of Neurology Research

International Journal of Clinical Pediatrics



Journal of Medical Cases, monthly, ISSN 1923-4155 (print), 1923-4163 (online), published by Elmer Press Inc.                     
The content of this site is intended for health care professionals.
This is an open-access journal distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted
non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Creative Commons Attribution license (Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International CC-BY-NC 4.0)

This journal follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals,
the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines, and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.

website:   editorial contact:
Address: 9225 Leslie Street, Suite 201, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3H6, Canada

© Elmer Press Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the published articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the editors and Elmer Press Inc. This website is provided for medical research and informational purposes only and does not constitute any medical advice or professional services. The information provided in this journal should not be used for diagnosis and treatment, those seeking medical advice should always consult with a licensed physician.