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Benign pneumatosis intestinalis in a child with cavopulmonary shunt and immune thrombocytopenic purpura

Abstract

Abstract

We present the case of a nine‐year‐old boy with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and immune thrombocytopenic purpura who subsequently developed pneumatosis intestinails with a benign clinical examination. While benign pneumatosis intestinails is a well‐known clinical entity, the alarming radiographic findings set off a cascade of clinical angst among many providers. This case reminds physicians to correlate the ancillary study results with the patient's clinical presentation and stability. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2009;4:E41–E42. © 2009 Society of Hospital Medicine.

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