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Clinical Rheumatology

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 49–52 | Cite as

Pneumatosis Cystoides Intestinalis in a Patient with Polymyositis

  • T. Kuroda
  • T. Kuroda
  • Y. Ohfuchi
  • S. Hirose
  • M. Nakano
  • F. Gejyo
  • M. Arakawa
Case Report

Abstract:

A 29-year-old Japanese woman with polymyositis (PM) developed pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis (PCI). The patient experienced a gradual onset of mild epigastric abdominal pain and abdominal distension. Radiographs revealed pneumatosis intestinalis involving the small bowel, and colonoscopy revealed submucosal cysts. Treatment with antibiotics and high-flow oxygen resulted in remission. This is an extremely rare case of PCI in a patient with PM.

Key words:Corticosteroid – Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis – Polymyositis 

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© Clinical Rheumatology 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Kuroda
    • 1
  • T. Kuroda
    • 2
  • Y. Ohfuchi
    • 2
  • S. Hirose
    • 2
  • M. Nakano
    • 2
  • F. Gejyo
    • 2
  • M. Arakawa
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Immunology NB3-107, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, USAUS
  2. 2.Department of Medicine (II), Niigata University, Niigata, JapanJP

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