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Rev Gastroenterol Peru. 2017 Jul-Sep;37(3):275-278.

[Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis complicated with intestinal volvulus].

[Article in Spanish]

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Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de los Andes. Mérida, Venezuela.
Unidad de Gastroenterología, Clínica Albarrega. Mérida, Venezuela.


Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis is a rare condition in which multiple gas-filled cysts are found within the wall of the gastrointestinal tract either in the subserosa or submucosa. Its pathogenesis is uncertain and several pathogenic mechanisms have been proposed to explain its origin. The case of a male patient of 46 years with previous diagnosis of pneumatosis cystic intestinalis, who consulted for abdominal pain, vomiting and fever (39 °C) is presented. By the time of admission ther were signs of peritoneal irritation. The X-ray abdominal reported distension and intestinal hydro-air levels. Exploratory laparotomy was performed and revealed small bowel volvulus with strangulation of some intestinal segment. Histological diagnosis was pneumatosis cystic intestinalis complicated with Infarction trans-mural by intestinal volvulus. The patient evolved satisfactorily.

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