Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 461–464 | Cite as

Rapid reversal of colonic pneumatosis with restoration of mesenteric arterial supply

  • Hussein Abidali
  • Lauren ColeEmail author
  • Anil Bellur Seetharam
Case Report


Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis (PCI) is characterized by gas-filled cystic lesions within the wall of the large intestine and presents along a spectrum of clinical severity ranging from benign to life threatening. Etiopathogenesis is multifactorial and postulated to result from either mechanical or bacterial causes. In this report, we present a patient with chronic abdominal pain evaluated with colonoscopy revealing segmental PCI isolated to the distal colon. Further investigation revealed an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) compromising the inferior mesenteric artery takeoff. Endovascular repair of the AAA resulted in clinical resolution of abdominal pain and endoscopic resolution of PCI. To our knowledge, this is the first report to document endoscopic resolution of PCI with restoration of mesenteric arterial supply, highlighting vascular insufficiency as a predisposing and reversible pathogenic mechanism.


Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis Pneumatosis coli Pneumatosis intestinalis Bowel ischemia 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human/animal rights

All procedures followed have been performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all patients for being included in the study.


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© Japanese Society of Gastroenterology 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hussein Abidali
    • 1
  • Lauren Cole
    • 2
    Email author
  • Anil Bellur Seetharam
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.GastroenterologyBanner University Medical CenterPhoenixUSA
  2. 2.Internal MedicineBanner University Medical Center, University of Arizona College of Medicine-PhoenixPhoenixUSA
  3. 3.Banner Transplant and Advanced Liver Disease CenterPhoenixUSA
  4. 4.University of Arizona College of Medicine-PhoenixPhoenixUSA

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