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Pneumatosis coli

Pneumatosis coli is a benign condition, presenting radiographically as intramural gas limited to the colon. There is no evidence of small bowel dilatation.

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 condition is usually found incidentally in asymptomatic patients 2.

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