Postoperative intra-abdominal free gas after open colorectal resection.


PURPOSE An erect chest radiograph for subdiaphragmatic free gas can be a useful adjunct in detecting a defect in gastrointestinal continuity. The usefulness of this test after laparotomy has not been defined, because the period of persistence of free gas is unknown. We set out to determine the length of time for natural absorption of postlaparotomy… (More)


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@article{Tang2000PostoperativeIF, title={Postoperative intra-abdominal free gas after open colorectal resection.}, author={C. L. Tang and Kuan Ying Yeong and Denis C N K Nyam and K W Eu and Yik Hong Ho and A. F. P. K. Leong and Charles Bih-Shou Tsang and Francis Seow-Choen}, journal={Diseases of the colon and rectum}, year={2000}, volume={43 8}, pages={1116-20} }