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Case report: bowel infarction with splenic air embolism: computed tomography findings.
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PMID:  7874430     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Computed tomography (CT) is used increasingly as an early radiological examination in patients with suspected bowel infarction because it provides information about the intestinal wall, mesenteric circulation and peritoneal cavity [1, 2]. Other disorders that present with similar symptoms such as intraabdominal abscess, pancreatitis and ulcerative colitis can be excluded [3]. CT can demonstrate small amounts of air within the bowel wall, in the spleno-mesenteric-portal venous system and in the peritoneal cavity, making it possible to differentiate portal venous gas from pneumobilia. The authors describe a patient in whom a specific diagnosis of bowel infarction was made on the characteristic CT findings. Furthermore, air embolism was observed in the splenic parenchyma. This finding has not been previously reported in bowel infarction or in any other abdominal disorder.
C Frola; S Cantoni; I Turtulici; F Loria
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of radiology     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0007-1285     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Radiol     Publication Date:  1994 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-04-05     Completed Date:  1995-04-05     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373125     Medline TA:  Br J Radiol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1272-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
IV Divisione di Radiologia, Ospedale San Martino, Genova, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Embolism, Air / etiology,  radiography*
Infarction / complications,  radiography*
Jejunum / blood supply*
Liver / radiography
Mesenteric Veins / radiography
Middle Aged
Splenic Diseases / etiology,  radiography*
Tomography, X-Ray Computed*

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