Gastric pneumatosis in a preterm infant: A case report

Authors

  • Paramesh Sreekumar King Hamad University Hospital
  • Prince Raj King Hamad University Hospital, Bahrain
  • Arjun Chandra Dey King Hamad University Hospital, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Emad Shatla King Hamad University Hospital, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Martin Thomas Corbally King Hamad University Hospital, Kingdom of Bahrain

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47338/jns.v12.1209

Keywords:

Gastric pneumatosis, Intramural gas, Preterm, Necrotizing enterocolitis

Abstract

Background: Gastric pneumatosis is a rare condition characterized by the presence of intramural gas in the stomach wall. It is uncommon in infants and is usually caused by proximal intestinal obstruction or necrotizing enterocolitis, a serious condition typically seen in preterm babies.

Case Presentation: An extremely preterm baby born at 23 weeks of gestation weighing 640 grams, with bronchopulmonary dysplasia and other comorbidities like patent ductus arteriosus, staph aureus sepsis, developed abdominal distension and non-bilious vomiting at 4 months of age. X-ray abdomen revealed gastric pneumatosis.  The condition was managed with conservative measures.

Conclusion: Gastric pneumatosis secondary to necrotizing enterocolitis is uncommon in infants and needs prompt evaluation and management to prevent further deterioration.

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Author Biographies

Paramesh Sreekumar, King Hamad University Hospital

Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology, King Hamad University Hospital, Kingdom of Bahrain

Prince Raj, King Hamad University Hospital, Bahrain

Department of Pediatric Surgery, King Hamad University Hospital, Kingdom of Bahrain

Arjun Chandra Dey, King Hamad University Hospital, Kingdom of Bahrain

Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology, King Hamad University Hospital, Kingdom of Bahrain

Emad Shatla, King Hamad University Hospital, Kingdom of Bahrain

Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology, King Hamad University Hospital, Kingdom of Bahrain

Martin Thomas Corbally, King Hamad University Hospital, Kingdom of Bahrain

Department of Pediatric Surgery, King Hamad University Hospital, Kingdom of Bahrain

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Published

2023-08-28

How to Cite

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Sreekumar P, Raj P, Dey AC, Shatla E, Corbally MT. Gastric pneumatosis in a preterm infant: A case report. J Neonatal Surg [Internet]. 2023Aug.28 [cited 2024Feb.22];12:24. Available from: https://www.jneonatalsurg.com/ojs/index.php/jns/article/view/1209