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Acta Med Port. 2015 Jul-Aug;28(4):534-7. Epub 2015 Aug 31.

[Pneumatosis Coli Treated with Metronidazole and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: A Successful Case].

[Article in Portuguese; Abstract available in Portuguese from the publisher]

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Serviço de Gastrenterologia. Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Central. Lisboa. Portugal.
Serviço de Cirurgia Geral. Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Central. Lisboa. Portugal.
Centro de Medicina Subaquática e Hiperbárica. Lisboa. Portugal.


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Pneumatosis intestinalis, characterized by the presence of gas within the bowel wall, is an uncommon condition with variable presentation. It may be idiopathic or secondary to other diseases. A computed tomography scan is the most sensitive method for diagnosis. In the absence of signs and symptoms of complications, such as perforation and peritonitis, pneumatosis intestinalis can be managed conservatively. We present the case of a 59-year-old woman with pneumatosis coli secondary to benign ovary teratoma. After surgery she remained symptomatic and was successfully treated with metronidazole and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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