The Radiology Corner: Spontaneous Pneumoperitoneum withPneumatosis Cystoides Intestinalisin a Patient with Mixed Connective Tissue disease

M. Samach, L. J. Brandt, L. H. Bernstein

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Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis (PCI), a disorder in which gas filled cysts develop within the bowel wall, has been associated with collagen vascular disease, usually progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS). We have extended the spectrum of collagen vascular disease associated with PCI by this report of a patient with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) who developed PCI and recurrent spontaneous pneumoperitoneum (SP). Possible pathogenetic mechanisms are reviewed and the management of the asymptomatic patient with pneumoperitoneum, PCI and collagen vascular disease is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)494-500
Number of pages7
JournalThe American Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1978


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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