Gastrointestinal Radiology

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 177–181 | Cite as

Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis: A pathophysiologic explanation of the roentgenographic signs

  • William W. Olmsted
  • John E. Madewell


Pneumatosis intestinalis was first described by Du Vernoi in 1730. The roentgenographic, gross, and microscopic pathologic changes are secondary to noncommunicating gas-filled cysts which occur either in submucosa or subserosa. The clinical findings, roentgenologic signs, and treatment are discussed. A differential diagnosis and pathophysiologic explanation for the changes are presented.

Key words

Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis Gasfilled cysts Small bowel Colon 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William W. Olmsted
    • 1
  • John E. Madewell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiologic PathologyArmed Forces Institute of PathologyWashington, D.C.USA

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