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Imaging of Alimentary Tract Perforation

  • Luigia Romano
  • Antonio Pinto

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Francesca Iacobellis, Daniela Berritto, Roberto Grassi
    Pages 1-7
  3. Antonio Pinto, Roberta Grassi, Carlo Liguori
    Pages 9-14
  4. Massimo Valentino, Libero Barozzi
    Pages 15-21
  5. Nicola Gagliardi, Ciro Stavolo, Angela De Gennaro
    Pages 23-27
  6. Daniela Vecchione, Giovanna Russo, Raffaella Niola
    Pages 29-36
  7. Stefania Romano
    Pages 37-44
  8. Stefania Daniele, Silvana Nicotra, Carlo Liguori
    Pages 45-51
  9. Maria Giuseppina Scuderi, Teresa Cinque
    Pages 53-60
  10. Gianluca Ponticiello, Loredana Di Nuzzo, Pietro Paolo Saturnino
    Pages 61-66
  11. Francesco Iaselli, Isabella Iadevito, Franco Guida, Giacomo Sica, Giorgio Bocchini, Mariano Scaglione
    Pages 67-77
  12. Roberta Cianci, Valentina Bianco, Gianluigi Esposito, Andrea Delli Pizzi, Antonella Filippone
    Pages 79-84
  13. Antonio Pinto, Carlo Muzj, Giuseppe Ruggiero
    Pages 85-90
  14. Cecilia Lanza, Elisabetta Panfili, Andrea Giovagnoni
    Pages 91-101
  15. Alfonso Reginelli, Anna Russo, Duilia Maresca, Fabrizio Urraro, Giuseppina Fabozzi, Francesco Stanzione et al.
    Pages 103-113
  16. Luigia Romano, Sonia Fulciniti, Massimo Silva, Riccardo Granata, Giuseppe Ruggiero
    Pages 115-132
  17. Ciro Acampora, Rosa Ignarra, Antonio Pinto
    Pages 147-152
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 153-155

About this book


This book provides an overview on the critical role of diagnostic imaging in the assessment of patients with suspected alimentary tract perforation, an emergent condition that requires prompt surgery. With the aid of numerous high-quality images, it is described how different imaging modalities, including plain film X-ray, ultrasonography, and multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT), permit correct diagnosis of the presence and cause of the perforation and of associated pathologies. Particular attention is paid to MDCT, with full description of its role in a range of scenarios at various levels of the alimentary tract. Imaging of GI tract perforation in different patient groups, such as pediatric patients, the elderly, and oncologic patients, is also addressed. This volume will greatly assist residents in radiology, radiologists, and physicians who are daily involved in the management of patients with clinically suspected alimentary tract perforation.


Acute abdomen Colonic perforation Esophageal perforation Gastrointestinal perforation Pneumoperitoneum Pneumoretroperitoneum Small bowel perforation X-ray, US, MDCT

Editors and affiliations

  • Luigia Romano
    • 1
  • Antonio Pinto
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiology“A. Cardarelli” HospitalNaplesItaly
  2. 2.Dept Radiology“A. Cardarelli” HospitalNaplesItaly

About the editors

Professor Luigia Romano is Head of the Department of Radiology, Cardarelli Hospital, Naples, Italy. She has attended 420 national and international scientific congresses and 400 meetings as a guest speaker. She has also organized many radiological emergency meetings and management courses. Professor Romano is the author or co-author of 340 papers in national and international journals, 27 book chapters and 12 books. She is a past president of the Emergency Radiology Section of the Italian Medical Radiological Society (SIRM) and has served on the editorial board of La Radiologia Medica (SIRM’s journal).

Dr. Antonio Pinto is a radiologist in the Emergency Department, Section of Radiology, Cardarelli Hospital, Naples, Italy. His main focus is on clinical activity in emergency radiology and particularly diagnostic, emergency, gastrointestinal radiology and medico-legal issues in radiology. He is the author of two books and a co-author of 35 book chapters and he has published 130 journal articles. He is also a reviewer for European Radiology, the Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography, Emergency Radiology, The Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care, Medical Science Monitor and World Journal of Radiology. Actually he serves as Editorial Assistant for La Radiologia Medica and he is the President of the SIRM Section of Ethics and Forensic Radiology.

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