Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pneumatosis Cystoides Coli

You don't need to know how to pronounce it. You just need to know that you don't want to have this condition. The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has a case of "A 25-year-old woman presented with recurrent abdominal pain that had first developed 10 years earlier..." What was the diagnosis? Pneumatosis Cystoides Coli. According to the brief article, "Pneumatosis cystoides coli can be focal or diffuse and occurs mainly in adults. It is usually asymptomatic but can cause obstruction or pneumoperitoneum as well as intermittent or persistent pain." Click here to read the case. Image source: NEJM

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