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Small intestinal perforation occurred in two patients aged 70 years and 88 years who had experienced minor trauma by tripping or falling on the pavement. They both developed signs of generalized peritonitis and at laparotomy were found to have perforated the mid ileum. There was no sign of direct abdominal trauma but they had suffered minor facial trauma as a result of the fall.
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Accepted: December 6, 1991
© 1992 Published by Elsevier Inc.