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European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 147, Issue 2, pp 192–194 | Cite as

Sonographic demonstration of portal venous gas in necrotizing enterocolitis

  • E. A. Robberecht
  • M. Afschrift
  • C. E. De Bel
  • P. J. Van Haesebrouck
  • H. P. Van Bever
  • M. De Wit
  • J. G. Leroy
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Abstract

Portal vein gas embolism was demonstrated by ultrasound in a preterm infant with necrotizing enterocolitis. This sign could not be detected radiographically. It is speculated that portal venous gas occurs more frequently than hitherto inferred from radiological studies. This observation points to the value of ultrasonography in providing early objective evidence in support of the diagnosis of NEC. The favourable outcome for the patient proves that portal venous gas embolism is not necessarily associated with a fulminant course of enterocolitis.

Key words

Necrotizing enterocolitis Preterm infant Ultrasonics Portal venous gas 

Abbreviations

NEC

Necrotizing enterocolitis

PVG

Portal venous gas

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© Springer-Verlag 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. A. Robberecht
    • 1
  • M. Afschrift
    • 2
  • C. E. De Bel
    • 1
  • P. J. Van Haesebrouck
    • 1
  • H. P. Van Bever
    • 1
  • M. De Wit
    • 1
  • J. G. Leroy
    • 1
  1. 1.Children's Hospital “C. Hooft”Academic Hospital, Ghent State University Medical SchoolGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Division of Echography, Department Internal MedicineAcademic Hospital, Ghent State University Medical SchoolGhentBelgium

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