Pneumatosis intestinalis presenting in autoimmune diseases: A report of three patients

Zamir Dovrish, Yoav Arnson, Howard Amital*, Rivka Zissin

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Pneumatosis intestinalis (PI) is an uncommon condition characterized by the presence of gas within the wall of the gastrointestinal tract. PI is a physical or imaging finding that is the result of an underlying pathological process or a disease. This finding may present in diverse conditions, such as obstructive pulmonary disease and intestinal disease, including obstruction, inflammation, or ischemia. PI has also been reported in different autoimmune conditions, especially in systemic sclerosis and rarely with systemic lupus erythematosus. In this report we present PI occurring in three patients with different autoimmune conditions and review the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Challenges in Autoimmunity
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781573317627
StatePublished - Sep 2009

Publication series

NameAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
ISSN (Print)0077-8923
ISSN (Electronic)1749-6632


  • Autoimmunity
  • Behcet's disease
  • Pneumatosis intestinalis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Systemic sclerosis


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