Prenatal rupture of the intestine is a rare condition and only a few cases have been described in the literature. Its rarity would seem a sufficient excuse for reporting a case aside from several interesting features connected with it.
A search of the literature has been made and nothing has been discovered in English. The German literature reveals a few cases of prenatal rupture of the intestine.
The earliest description of a case found was that of Breslau1 in 1863. A baby girl with breech presentation died during instrumental delivery. An autopsy revealed perforations at the transition of the ascending colon to the transverse colon. The author believed that the perforations occurred before birth. There was evidence of peritonitis with meconium adhesions and fresh exudative general peritonitis in the abdomen but without gas.
In 1891, Genersich2 reported a case in which the child died