Pneumatosis Intestinalis in a burn patient: Case report and literature review

Jeroen Balledux, Terry McCurry, Madeline Zieger, John J. Coleman, Rajiv Sood

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Pneumatosis Intestinalis (PI) is a rare condition characterized by gas in the intestinal wall. PI is not a disease in itself but a sign of an underlying problem. It is associated with a wide variety of underlying disorders, ranging from benign to life-threatening. When found, it should prompt a search for the underlying cause. Diagnostic efforts should be aimed at ruling out catastrophic problems such as intestinal ischemia and necrosis. The presence of peritonitis, rectal bleeding, portomesenteric venous gas, and lactic acidosis are important factors to determine the best course of action. Burn patients have multiple risk factors for developing this condition. Despite this, PI is not well-described in the burn literature. We present here a case report, a brief review of the literature, and clinical considerations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-403
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation

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