Intestinal Pneumatosis in Necrotizing Enterocolitis

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  • Lorraine Tong, B.Sc.,
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An 11-day-old boy presented with diarrhea, emesis, abdominal distention, and shock. Abdominal radiography revealed intestinal pneumatosis (gas within the bowel wall). During an exploratory laparotomy, gas bubbles were seen in the bowel walls, a finding consistent with necrotizing enterocolitis. He died intraoperatively from worsening symptoms associated with shock.


Lorraine Tong, B.Sc.
Yu-Tang Chang, MD, Ph.D.
Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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This article was published on March 12, 2022, at NEJM.org.

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