Point-of-care ultrasound identification of pneumatosis intestinalis in pediatric abdominal pain: a case report

Crit Ultrasound J. 2017 Dec;9(1):2. doi: 10.1186/s13089-017-0057-0. Epub 2017 Jan 19.


We describe a case report of an infant with intussusception who presented to a pediatric emergency department with diarrhea and increased irritability. Pneumatosis intestinalis (intra-mural air) detected on point-of-care ultrasonography (but not apparent on plain abdominal radiographs) alerted the emergency physicians towards the severity of disease process.