Pneumatosis intestinalis in HIV patient with gastric outlet obstruction

  • Alemayehu Ginbo Bedada University of Botswana
  • A Georges Hospital for Sick Children
  • S Sheikh Princess Marina Hospital
  • M A Kayembe National Institute of Health
  • M Hsiao Royal Columbian Hospital
Keywords: Pneumatosis intestinalis, HIV infection, gastric outlet obstruction


We report the case of a 39-year-old HIV positive female with gastric outlet obstruction. At laparotomy, she had extensive pneumatosis intestinalis (PI) of the ileum. This incidental finding of extensive PI in an HIV positive patient who was being managed non-operatively supports that the mere presence of PI is not an absolute indication for bowel resection in the absence of necrosis, perforation, or obstruction.

Author Biographies

Alemayehu Ginbo Bedada, University of Botswana
Department of Surgery
Faculty of Medicine
University of Botswana
A Georges, Hospital for Sick Children
Division of General and Thoracic Surgery
Hospital for Sick Children
S Sheikh, Princess Marina Hospital
Department of Radiology
Princess Marina Hospital
M A Kayembe, National Institute of Health
National Institute of HealthMinistry of HealthBotswana
M Hsiao, Royal Columbian Hospital
Division of General Surgery
Royal Columbian Hospital
How to Cite
Bedada, A., Georges, A., Sheikh, S., Kayembe, M., & Hsiao, M. (2018). Pneumatosis intestinalis in HIV patient with gastric outlet obstruction. South African Journal of Surgery, 56(3), 70. Retrieved from
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