Extensive Pneumatosis Intestinalis in Association With Celiac Disease: A Case Report

Sanjeev Dayal, Robert Bolton-Jones, Sheila Stallard, Lazlo Romics Jr


Pneumatosis intestinalis (PI) is generally regarded as a worrying sign due to its relatively frequent association with serious conditions such as acute gastrointestinal necrosis. While PI can also be associated with a wide spectrum of benign conditions, its diagnosis as benign is usually accepted with the exclusion of gangrenous bowel, even in the absence of other clinical signs suggesting ischemia. We report a case of extensive PI in a patient with celiac disease and discuss its management and the role of diagnostic laparoscopy in this condition with emphasis on the different etiologies of PI.

J Med Cases. 2011;2(2):39-43
doi: https://doi.org/10.4021/jmc63w


Pneumatosis intestinalis; Celiac disease; Laparoscopy; Management

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