Intestinal perforation in the new-born infant is a condition occasionally reported in the literature. Two cases recently came under my observation in which the presence of gas in the peritoneal cavity was demonstrated by roentgenograms. This finding prompted a diagnosis of perforation of the bowel. When the condition remains undiagnosed, the ensuing peritonitis leaves no hope of recovery. If the diagnosis is made in time, it is not impossible that prompt surgical intervention may save the infant's life. For this reason, I have thought it worth while to report these two cases, emphasizing especially the importance of roentgen examination in the presence of uncontrollable abdominal distention in a new-born infant.
REPORT OF CASES
Case 1.—B., a boy, was born on May 20, 1930. The mother was a healthy primipara, aged 25. Gestation was at full term and the delivery was normal and spontaneous. The infant weighed 8 pounds and 6
VEL LD. INTESTINAL PERFORATION WITH PNEUMOPERITONEUM IN THE NEW-BORN INFANT. Am J Dis Child. 1933;45(3):587–589. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1933.01950160129014