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intestinal perforationGastrointestinal perforation Surgery The loss of integrity of the bowel wall which may be due to trauma–eg, shotgun blast to abdomen or ischemic breakdown of intestinal wall. See Fecal peritonitis.
perforation(per?fo-ra'shon) [L. perforatio, a boring through]
Bezold perforationSee: Bezold, Friedrich
intestinal perforationPerforation of stomach or intestine.
nasal septal perforation
perforation of stomach or intestine
The onset is accompanied by acute pain, beginning over the perforated area and spreading all over the abdomen. Nausea and vomiting, tachycardia, hypotension, fevers, chills, sweats, confusion, and decreased urinary output are common.
Surgical treatment is necessary. Pending operation, the patient is given no oral fluids; parenteral fluids, antibiotics, and other medications are administered.