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World J Emerg Surg. 2011 May 8;6:15. doi: 10.1186/1749-7922-6-15.

Pneumatosis intestinalis leading to perioperative hypovolemic shock: Case report.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Social Insurance Kobe Central Hospital, 2-1-1, Sohyama-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe City 651-1145, Japan. yukakotakami@yahoo.co.jp.

Abstract

Pneumatosis intestinalis (PI) is an uncommon disorder defined as multiple foci of gas within the intestinal wall. Despite recognition of an increasing number of cases of PI, the optimal management strategy, whether through surgical or other means, remains controversial. The present report describes the case of a patient with PI who underwent exploratory laparotomy without specific findings and who ultimately died due to extensive intestinal hemorrhage that was possibly triggered by surgery.

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