Pneumoperitoneum after sexual assault in a patient who had hysterectomy 30 years ago: Case report

Daniel D. Im, Peter S. Pak, Bennett Cua, Elyssa Feinberg

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Background: A non-surgical etiology accounts for approximately 10% of cases of pneumoperitoneum. However, in the patient with pneumoperitoneum, one must be suspicious of the less common non-surgical etiologies, including coitus, to avoid unnecessary laparotomy. Objectives: To report a case of pneumoperitoneum caused by coitus during sexual assault in a patient who had a hysterectomy 30 years ago. Case Report: The authors present a case of non-surgical pneumoperitoneum after sexual assault occurring over 30 years after abdominal hysterectomy. Conclusion: This case is an important reminder that a thorough sexual and gynecologic/obstetrical history is an essential tool in identifying the patient who does not require laparotomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)540-542
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • hysterectomy
  • pneumoperitoneum
  • sexual assault

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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