Pneumatosis? Anyone have this?

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 8/16/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys!!
Just wanted to ask kind of a brief question to anyone who has shown to have something called Pneumatosis or free air, not sure if they are the same thing or not, in their colon or elsewhere during a CT scan read or similar?  If so, what do you do to treat it?  Or symptoms of it?
Also, while I'm on here, I minus well ask something else.. if anyone reading this has ever had a blockage or similar.. is the only thing to cure it emergency surgery?  for people with chronic inflamation and pneumatosis etc.. is the only way out of getting through a stricture/blockage/tear 911 surgery?
just asking to those who have gone through things like this.  thank you for sharing!!

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   Posted 8/17/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
It depends on what the stricture is made up of. If its inflammation then medications will work to heal it, if its from scar tissue then no meds will help and surgery will eventually become necessary. Sorry I have no answers about the pneumatosis.

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 8/17/2009 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Nanners, thanks for your response.  I'm really confused as well as to what pneumatosis is and there's really not a lot of information about it on the internet. My own doc just says "if symptoms get worse, then you need to go to the ER for surgery"???????  he openly admits he has no clue what to do so thats why i'm confused, asking on here.
oh well, thank you!
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