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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is intestinal perforation?

Intestinal perforation refers to a hole in the wall of the intestines. It is a serious, painful condition that can lead to fatal complications. Causes include twisting of the intestines, inflammation, intestinal ulcers, or injury/trauma to the intestinal walls. Elderly people, people who have recently undergone abdominal surgery, and those who have a medical history of cancer or gastrointestinal problems are at a higher risk.

Symptoms of intestinal perforation

  • Abdominal pain

  • Fever

  • Sharp abdominal pain

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Low back pain worsens on coughing, sneezing or straining

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Loss of appetite

Questions your doctor may ask to check for intestinal perforation

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose intestinal perforation

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Did you have a sharp, stabbing-like abdominal (tummy) pain?

  • Do you feel severe pain when pressing on your abdomen (stomach)?

  • Do you have low back pain when sneezing, coughing, or straining?

Treatment for intestinal perforation

This is a medical emergency that requires prompt medical attention. Treatment involves surgery to close the hole, with/ without removal of part of the intestines. Antibiotics and fluids would be administered.

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