Incarcerated umbilical hernia associated with gastric pneumatosis: a case report

ElChaar, M.; Stawicki, S. Peter; Jenoff, Jay S. and Estrada, F. P. (2007) Incarcerated umbilical hernia associated with gastric pneumatosis: a case report. OPUS 12 Scientist, 1 (1). pp. 9-10. ISSN 1940-8633

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Gastric pneumatosis is a well-recognized clinical entity that is described in the literature as either a subtype of pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis or gastric emphysema. Gastric pneumatosis may be due to a variety of causes, which are classically categorized as infectious or non-infectious in nature. We report a case of gastric pneumatosis and pneumoperitoneum associated with a bowel obstruction secondary to an incarcerated umbilical hernia. Literature pertaining to gastric pneumatosis was reviewed and the different classifications and etiologies briefly described. Understanding the pathophysiology of gastric pneumatosis and the various causes can help in deciding when to explore and when to safely observe patients with this condition.

EPrint Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gastric pneumatosis, Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis, Gastric emphysema, Pneumoperitoneum, Etiology, Diagnosis, Treatment
Subjects:Diagnosis > Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures
Digestive System Diseases > Peritoneal Diseases > Pneumoperitoneum
Pathological Conditions, Signs and Symptoms > Pathologic Processes > Emphysema
-Journal Repositories > OPUS 12 Scientist
Surgical Procedures, Operative > Laparotomy
Surgical Procedures, Operative > Digestive System Surgical Procedures
Digestive System Diseases > Gastrointestinal Diseases > Intestinal Diseases
Congenital, Hereditary, and Neonatal Diseases and Abnormalities > Infant, Newborn, Diseases > Hernia, Umbilical
ID Code:2596
Deposited By:Dr S. Peter Stawicki
Deposited On:21 February 2008

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