Introduction: Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis (PCI) is a rare condition characterized by the presence of intramural gas cysts within the small and large intestines. We describe a case of a 70-year-old man admitted to the Emergency Surgery Department for PCI who was treated conservatively. Areas Covered: We reviewed 60 cases of PCI described in the international literature over the last 5 years. From our analysis, it appears that the etiology of the gas production within the submucosa or the subserosa of the gastrointestinal tract is still unknown. The rupture of the cysts can lead to pneumoperitoneum that can simulate a surgical emergency. Expert Commentary: For patients with PCI, a conservative approach is the treatment of choice, with surgery mandatory only for complicated disease.

“Cystamatic” Review: Is Surgery Mandatory for Pneumatosis Cystoides Intestinalis?

D'Andrea V.;Tonini V.
2019

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Introduction: Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis (PCI) is a rare condition characterized by the presence of intramural gas cysts within the small and large intestines. We describe a case of a 70-year-old man admitted to the Emergency Surgery Department for PCI who was treated conservatively. Areas Covered: We reviewed 60 cases of PCI described in the international literature over the last 5 years. From our analysis, it appears that the etiology of the gas production within the submucosa or the subserosa of the gastrointestinal tract is still unknown. The rupture of the cysts can lead to pneumoperitoneum that can simulate a surgical emergency. Expert Commentary: For patients with PCI, a conservative approach is the treatment of choice, with surgery mandatory only for complicated disease.
Brighi M.; Vaccari S.; Lauro A.; D'Andrea V.; Pagano N.; Marino I.R.; Cervellera M.; Tonini V.
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