Benign pneumatosis intestinalis after bilateral lung transplantation

Florence Y. Ling, Abdul Mueed Zafar, Luis F. Angel, Amy L Mumbower

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This series details two cases of benign pneumatosis intestinalis (PI) in patients post-lung transplant, which were discovered incidentally on routine surveillance chest radiographs during ambulatory clinic visits. Both patients had uneventful post-transplant recovery and were asymptomatic at presentation. The patients were admitted for observation. Contrast-enhanced abdominal CT scans confirmed the plain film findings. Both cases were managed conservatively with bowel rest, intravenous hydration and serial abdominal examinations. The patients had unremarkable hospital courses and were both discharged in good condition. Our current understanding of benign PI in patients posttransplant is limited to a few case series and case reports. Greater awareness of this entity may decrease unnecessary invasive procedures and improve management of these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number210701
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - Oct 15 2015


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Ling, F. Y., Zafar, A. M., Angel, L. F., & Mumbower, A. L. (2015). Benign pneumatosis intestinalis after bilateral lung transplantation. BMJ Case Reports, 2015, [210701].