AN INTERESTING CASE OF GASTRIC EMPHYSEMA
Dr. Saroj Thakur* and Dr. Robin
The presence of air within gastrointestinal tract wall is known as pneumatosis intestinalis and it can occur anywhere from esophagus to rectum. Stomach is the least common site, accounting for only 9% of all reported cases. In gastric emphysema, air penetrates through any layer of the gastric wall due to a non-infectious process. The finding of air within stomach wall is not a disease itself, rather a sign of underlying gastric or systemic condition. It is essential to differentiate this from life threatening condition emphysematous gastritis which carries worse prognosis. Due to lack of diagnostic criteria, computed tomography (CT) is the investigation of choice.
Keywords: Pneumatosis intestinalis; Gastric emphysema; Emphysematous gastritis
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