Spontaneous extraperitoneal rupture of the rectum
G. Christianopoulos, G. Kokozidis, G. Kitis, V. Penopoulos, T. Maris, N. Gougoulias
Spontaneous extraperitoneal “rupture” of the rectum is an
extremely rare event not previously documented in the literature.
We report the case of a 70 year-old lady who presented
with intense lower abdominal pain. No predisposing
or provoking factors were found in our patient despite
detailed questioning apart from chronic constipation. A
sudden increase of intraabdominal pressure was presumed
to be the cause of rectal rupture.
Key words: spontaneous, repture, perforation, rectum, sigmoid