Additive contribution of multiple factors in the development of pneumatosis intestinalis: A case report and review of the literature

Masataka Saito, Akiko Tanikawa, Katsuki Nakasute, Masaru Tanaka, Takeji Nishikawa

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Abstract

We describe a 53-year-old patient with dermatomyositis, who developed pneumatosis intestinalis (PI) accompanied by pneumoperitoneum, pneumoretroperitoneum, pneumomediastinum, and subcutaneous emphysema of the neck. The development of PI in our patient was possibly attributed to the effect of factors such as dermatomyositis, corticosteroids, methotrexate, and alpha-glucosidase inhibitor (AGI). The coexistence of multiple factors associated with PI might enhance the risk of developing PI, even though each of them alone is not sufficient to induce it. In particular, the use of AGIs for patients treated with immunosuppressive agents such as corticosteroids requires evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-603
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Rheumatology
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Apr 1

Keywords

  • Alpha-glucosidase inhibitor
  • Cortico steroids
  • Dermato myositis
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Methotrexate
  • Pneumatosis intestinalis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology

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