Pneumatosis coli

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


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.

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rID: 8457
Section: Gamuts
Tag: rewrite
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Pneumatosis cystoides coli
  • Colonic pneumatosis
  • Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis
  • Asymptomatic pneumatosis

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