Pneumatosis coli

Dr Owen Kang and A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

Pneumatosis coli is a descriptive sign presenting radiographically as intramural gas limited to the colonic wall. 

Pathology

In the paediatric population, it is most frequently seen in premature infants 1. Although symptoms are relatively mild, they are the same as those seen in early (stage I) necrotising enterocolitis.

In adults, the sign is usually found incidentally in asymptomatic patients 2.

Associations

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