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Gastroenterology Review/Przegląd Gastroenterologiczny
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Case report

Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis – a case report. Successful treatment with rifaximin

Grzegorz Naprawa
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Joanna Białkowska

Przegląd Gastroenterologiczny 2011; 6 (3): 201–205
Online publish date: 2011/07/04
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Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis (PCI) is a rare disease. Its incidence varies from 0.03% to 0.2% in serial autopsy studies. It is defined as air-filled cysts within the wall of the gastrointestinal tract. Primary PCI is extremely rare (15%); in most cases PCI is due to an underlying disease or condition (secondary form – 85%). The pathogenesis of PCI is unknown. Patients either remain asymptomatic or present with non-specific gastrointestinal symptoms. The authors present a case of a patient with mild, chronic diarrhoea. A diagnosis of primary pneumatosis was established. Treatment with antibiotics was initiated. Clinical improvement was achieved. A repeat colonoscopy revealed complete remission.
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pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis, pneumatosis coli, rifaximin

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