Revista chilena de cirugía
versión On-line ISSN 0718-4026
ZUNIGA A, JOSÉ M et al. Pneumatosis intestinalis: A case report. Rev Chil Cir [online]. 2009, vol.61, n.1, pp. 78-82. ISSN 0718-4026. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-40262009000100013.
The case of a women 89 year oíd with an apparent partial intestinal obstruction is presented. The CT sean of abdomen and pelvis shows evident pneumatosis intestinalis (PI) within gas in the portal system. Expectant medical treatment was performed. Eight days later, a second CT sean showed almost complete remission of pneumatosis and gas in the portal system. The presence of gas in the bowel wall is a sign that can be find in benign to life threatening conditions. A review of the pathogenesis, radiological presentation and the different causes of PI are presented, based in the case report.
Palabras clave : Pneumatosis Intestinalis; Pneumatosis Cystoides Intestinalis; portal venous gas; bowel ischemia.