Chest 112; Tummy pain

19 Dec
Chest 112 tummy pain

Chest 112; Tummy pain

The index X-ray is from a person who had a knife wound in the abdomen showing a lot of gas in the peritoneum due to perforation of the bowel. This lead to peritonitis from soiling of the peritoneum with bacteria laden bowel contents that leaked through the hole. Damage to the pancreas frequently occurs with penetrating abdominal injury with release of enzymes that make inflammation much worse. Growth of the organisms can cause infection of the bloodstream. This is a very serious situation and can lead to abscess formation, gangrene of bowel and septic shock. It is frequently lethal and must be recognised early. One of the first signs is gas in the abdomen seen on a chest X-Ray at the time of presentation.

The Chest X-ray visible in the background with the word “Erect” just visible indicating they were upright when the picture was taken. I’ve overlaid this with a picture of watery seas and a flaking door frame. The interaction of crossing lines in the right lower zone pulls the eye to the right but tension is caused because other lines within the image converge toward a point off the margin on the left, pulling the other way. A ghost reflection of the original X-ray is seen on the left.

10 Responses to “Chest 112; Tummy pain”

  1. a tumor perforated my mother’s colon, so i totally follow this post, from peritonitis to septicemia and a very long time before she recovered… and by then it was in her bones…

    thanks for the chuckle regarding steam power…

    it’s late here, hence i should be able to send this and give those little gerbils a rest!


    • Xraypics at 8:24 pm #

      Thanks so much for your comment Lisa. Peritonitis is such a serious condition, not often seen these days at least in developed countries, so underestimated by young doctors. Give those gerbils a hug from me, and have a very very happy Christmas. Tony

      • si; this happened in the late ’70’s, and with no warning, she had intense pain, but thought maybe it was something she’d eaten. She suffered at home for several days before we could convince her to go to the hospital. Whew, what a way to kick off a difficult battle.

        feliz navidad y happy new year; i hope that your holidays are extra special. z

  2. leecleland at 4:55 pm #

    This image is quite different to your other X-ray images and I like it a lot. To me it seems to have a serene air to it even though you have created tension with the use of lines. I think the use of blue has a calming effect.
    I take this chance to wish you, Tony, and your loved ones a very happy and healthy festive season.

    • Xraypics at 8:14 pm #

      Thankyou Lee. This certainly does have a different effect, it seems to be where my art is going at the moment. In terms of complexity it is much more simple than many I have done for a while, yet i think it has hidden depths. Glad you appreciate it. And thanks for the good wishes; all the best to you and yours for the Christmas period! Tony

  3. annerose at 5:10 pm #

    very amazing texture

    • Xraypics at 8:31 pm #

      Thanks, coming from you that’s even better. Have a great Christmas. Tony

  4. burgessart at 5:38 pm #

    Nice artwork Tony. This time the description is painful and not sure it goes well with the art. Maybe the art is enough? Regardless Merry Christmas and keep up the good work. Best wishes, Robert

    • Xraypics at 10:25 pm #

      Much appreciated. Isn’t it interesting how we all see art differently. Have a very happy Christmas Robert.

  5. joergkruth at 10:31 pm #

    Merry Christmas and all the best for 2015, Tony!

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