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A Case of Pneumatosis Intestinalis Associated with Antipsychotic Medication

 A Ra Choi  ;  Hyun Chul Lim  ;  Min Kyung Kim  ;  Jie-Hyun Kim  ;  Young Hoon Yoon  ;  Hyojin Park  ;  Sang In Lee 
 Korean Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (대한소화관운동학회지), Vol.15(2) : 130-134, 2009 
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 Korean Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility  (대한소화관운동학회지) 
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Pneumatosis intestinalis (PI) is an uncommon but important condition characterized by the accumulation of gases in the submucosa or subserosa of the gastrointestinal wall. The clinical course of PI represents a wide spectrum of conditions and outcomes that range from benign to life-threatening. Although controversy exists about the exact cause of PI, mucosal integrity, intraluminal pressure, gases, and bacterial flora are thought to have interactive roles in the formation of PI. Antipsychotic drugs are known to decrease bowel motility inducing constipation and ileus, ultimately increasing the intraluminal pressure which rarely results into PI. In Korea, several cases of PI caused by various etiologies have been reported. However, there has been no report of PI associated with antipsychotic drugs. We report a rare case of PI who was taking antipsychotic drugs due to schizophrenia.
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김지현(Kim, Jie-Hyun)
박효진(Park, Hyo Jin)
윤영훈(Youn, Young Hoon)
이상인(Lee, Sang In)
임현철(Lim, Hyun Chul)
최아라(Choi, A Ra)
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