Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis is discussed with emphasis on its clinical, radiologic, sigmoidoscopic, surgical and pathological characteristics. The four theories of the etiology of P.Cl. are neoplastic, infectious, nutritional, and mechanical. These theories are discussed, and a case of P.C.I, associated with severe pulmonary disease and chronic lymphocytic leukemia is presented to lend support to the mechanical theory.