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Pneumatosis intestinalis
  1. Tianyou Yang,
  2. Jiliang Yang,
  3. Tianbao Tan,
  4. Jing Pan,
  5. Chao Hu,
  6. Yan Zou
  1. Department of Pediatric Surgery, Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center, Affiliated Women and Children's Medical Center of Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China
  1. Correspondence to Dr Yan Zou, No. 9 Jinsui Rd., Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510623, China; monknut{at}, doctor_john82{at}

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A 13-month-old girl presented with a 2-day history of hyperpyrexia and vomiting. Physical examination showed a distended but soft abdomen without tenderness. Laboratory examination findings showed an increased white cell count (20.2 × 109/µL) and serum C-reactive protein level (45.57 mg/L). Abdominal radiograph showed extensive linear pneumatosis intestinalis of the bowel (figure 1). Infectious enterocolitis was suspected, so antibiotics (sulperazone plus …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Parental/guardian consent obtained.

  • Ethics approval The Institutional Review Board of Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center (Guangzhou, China).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.