What Causes a Perforated Viscus?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 11, 2020 1:40:30 AM ET

A perforated viscus is caused by perforated peptic ulcers, colon ischamia, colon diverticulitis, colon cancer, stomach perforations and possibly injuries beneath the nipples, states Dr. Jason Smith, who is a colorectal surgeon. Perforations are holes that appear in the digestive tract and can be deadly due to internal bleeding or peritonitis infections that can develop, according to WebMD.