Abdominal Tuberculosis in a Child Presenting with Radiological Evidence of Pneumatosis Intestinalis and Portal Venous Gas


ALP H. , ORBAK Z. , SEPETCIGIL O., Kantarci M., KARTAL I.

JOURNAL OF HEALTH POPULATION AND NUTRITION, vol.28, no.6, pp.628-632, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.3329/jhpn.v28i6.6612
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF HEALTH POPULATION AND NUTRITION
  • Page Numbers: pp.628-632

Abstract

Pneumatosis intestinalis, in association with portal venous gas, is a rare finding in children and young adults. In radiological studies, it is characterized by gas-filled cysts within the bowel-wall. It is often a sign of the serious significant underlying illness and is associated with a poor prognosis. A case of pneumatosis intestinalis and portal venous gas associated with abdominal tuberculosis in a child is presented here. Despite responding well to anti-tubercular treatment, he died suddenly at home, two months after discharge. It is recommended that cases with pneumatosis intestinalis should be carefully observed, although symptoms appear to be improving.