Benign pneumatosis intestinalis: a cause of massive pneumoperitoneum in the adult

David M. Liu, William C. Torreggiani, Kevin Rowan, Savvas Nicolaou
2003 CJEM: Canadian Journal of Emergency Medical Care  
Pneumatosis intestinalis (gas in the bowel wall) is often a benign condition, but it may mimic bowel ischemia or infarction and lead to unnecessary surgical intervention, especially when associated with pneumoperitoneum. We present a case of benign pneumatosis intestinalis with massive pneumoperitoneum and discuss various distinguishing features that may aid in its diagnosis.
doi:10.1017/s1481803500008678 fatcat:crx3ki2sbvezlfnp4ylcf7atoq