Pneumatosis intestinalis complicating C. difficile pseudomembranous colitis

Christianna Kreiss, Farzad Forohar, Amy E. Smithline, Lawrence J. Brandt

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Abstract

Pneumatosis intestinalis (PI) is characterized by multiple gas-filled cysts or linear gas within the bowel wall. PI may be idiopathic (15%) or secondary (85%) to a variety of disorders. We report here the first otherwise healthy adult with C. difficile infection complicated by PI and review the possible mechanisms of this previously unrecognized complication of pseudomembranous colitis. With treatment of the underlying infection, the PI resolved within 6 days of presentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2560-2561
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume94
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1999

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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