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A perforation is a hole in the wall of the digestive tract. A perforation may occur anywhere in the digestive tract and may occur when:
A perforation of the digestive tract can be life-threatening. It can cause severe pain and bleeding. The material inside the intestines can leak into the hollow space of the abdomen (abdominal cavity) and cause an infection (peritonitis). Emergency surgery is needed when a perforation has occurred.
Current as of: April 15, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & David Messenger MD & Kenneth Bark MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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