Laparoscopic Incidental Finding of Pneumatosis Intestinalis in Acute Appendicitis

Abstract

Pneumatosis intestinalis (PI) is a rare condition where the gas trapped inside the bowel wall. It is commonly found as an incidental finding on routine abdominal imaging or scans. We present a case of incidental laparoscopic finding of pneumatosis intestinalis on a 32-year-old male, who underwent a laparoscopic appendectomy for an acute appendicitis. Laparoscopic appendectomy was performed and pneumatosis intestinalis managed conservatively. Patient did well and was discharged home. Management of PI depends on clinical presentation; asymptomatic PI can be managed adequately by treating underlying causes. We report a case of incidental laparoscopic finding of Pneumatosis intestinalis, which was adequately managed by treating underlying appendicitis.

DOI: 10.1155/2014/709874

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@inproceedings{Mayooran2014LaparoscopicIF, title={Laparoscopic Incidental Finding of Pneumatosis Intestinalis in Acute Appendicitis}, author={Nithiananthan Mayooran and A. Olu Shola and Nafiz Iqbal}, booktitle={Case reports in surgery}, year={2014} }