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Case Reports in Radiology
Volume 2012, Article ID 575342, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/575342
Case Report

Case Report: Recognizing Pneumatosis Intestinalis: A Case of Bowel Ischemia Presenting as Renal Colic

Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, United Arab Emirates University, P.O. Box 17666, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Received 3 November 2011; Accepted 4 December 2011

Academic Editors: G. Bastarrika and P. K. Vanhoenacker

Copyright © 2012 Peter D. Corr. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The clinical diagnosis of bowel ischemia is often difficult and the diagnosis can easily be missed unless there is a high index of clinical and radiological suspicion. Bowel ischemia and or infarction must be considered in the differential diagnosis in the older patient with pre-existing coronary artery or generalized vascular disease, cardiac failure, or arrhythmias especially atrial fibrillation and hypertension. An elderly patient with caecal infarction is presented who was initially diagnosed and treated for renal colic.