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What is Pneumatosis Intestinalis?

Description of the disease

Pneumatosis intestinalis is a rare condition in which intramural gases fill the lumen of the intestine, leading to its thickening and the formation of air-filled spaces.


  • Internal pneumatosis
  • External pneumatosis


Symptoms of pneumatosis intestinalis may include abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, abdominal distension, and severe pain upon abdominal palpation.


Pneumatosis intestinalis can be caused by various factors, including gastrointestinal surgeries, intestinal perforation, infections, and other pathologies.


Diagnosis of pneumatosis intestinalis includes physical examination, radiographic studies, computed tomography, and other methods.


Treatment of pneumatosis intestinalis depends on the underlying cause of the disease and may involve conservative therapy or surgical intervention.


Prevention of pneumatosis intestinalis involves preventing abdominal injuries, timely treatment of infections, and other measures.


Pneumatosis intestinalis is treated by a gastroenterologist or surgeon.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.