Successful treatment of pneumatosis intestinalis with associated pneumoperitoneum and ileus with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
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Pneumatosis intestinalis (PI), or the presence of air in the bowel wall, is a rare disorder that is associated with a variety of underlying diseases, including connective tissue disorders. PI presents on a spectrum from asymptomatic to bowel obstruction and acute abdomen. In general, treatment of PI consists of treating the underlying disease. Both normobaric and hyperbaric oxygen have been used to treat PI directly. Here we report a symptomatic scleroderma-related case of PI that responded clinically to hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This report adds to a growing body of literature supporting a role for hyperbaric oxygen therapy in symptomatic PI.
Pneumatosis Cystoides Intestinalis
Connective Tissue Diseases
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1136/bcr-2017-219209
Publication InfoCalabrese, Evan; Ceponis, Peter Jm; Derrick, Bruce; & Moon, Richard Edward (2017). Successful treatment of pneumatosis intestinalis with associated pneumoperitoneum and ileus with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. BMJ case reports, 2017. pp. bcr-2017-219209-bcr-2017-219209. 10.1136/bcr-2017-219209. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/17201.
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Assistant Professor of Surgery
Professor of Anesthesiology
Research interests include the study of cardiorespiratory function in humans exposed to environmental conditions ranging from 200 feet of seawater depth to high altitude, gas exchange during diving, the pathophysiology of high altitude pulmonary edema, the effect of anesthesia and postoperative analgesia on pulmonary function and monitoring of tissue oxygenation. Ongoing human studies include the use of fractals to study breathing patterns during environmental and perioperative stress, mechanism
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