The following erect chest x-ray is from a 60 year old female who presented with a sudden onset of epigastric pain. The patient was also experiencing vague right-sided abdominal pain for a few days prior to the presentation. What can you note in the x-ray?[peekaboo_link name=”Answer”]Answer[/peekaboo_link] [peekaboo_content name=”Answer”]
The erect chest x-ray shows a subtle curvilinear lucency under the right hemi diaphragm, which is suggestive of free intraperitoneal air.
The following sagittal CT scan image shows free subdiaphragmatic air.
This patient had a retrocaecal appendicitis which perforated, causing pneumoperitoneum.
To allow the free air in the peritoneal cavity to rise, a patient needs to be upright for at least 10 minutes prior to obtaining the erect chest x-ray.[/peekaboo_content]