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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 15(1); 2004 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2004;15(1): 47-50.
Pneumatosis Cystoides Intestinalis With Portal Venous Gas: Two Case Reports
Jong O Kim, Kyung Hwan Kim, Dae Kon Sohn, Ah Jin Kim, Tae Kyung Kim
Deparment of Emergency Medicine, Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital, Koyang, Korea. khkim@ilsanpaik.ac.kr
ABSTRACT
Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis is a rare condition which is characterized by multiple gas-filled cysts of varying sizes in the wall of the gastrointestinal tract. In 85% of the cases, it is associated with gastrointestinal, pulmonary, and connective tissue diseases or with other conditions. In about 15% of the cases, the etiology remains obscure. In most cases, the prognosis is poor, so early diagnosis and treatment are required. We report two cases of primary pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis with portal venous gas which were associated with alcoholism and diabetes mellites and which were complicated by pneumoperitoneum and panperitonitis.
Key words: Portal vein, Gas, Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis
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