Ultraschall Med 2014; 35(06): 495-496
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1366731
Case Report
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Portal Venous Gas – Always an Ominous Sign?

Portalvenöses Gas – immer ein unheilvolles Menetekel?
A. K. Krüger
C. Schmidt
G. Lock
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23 March 2014

23 May 2014

Publication Date:
30 July 2014 (online)


Portal venous gas (PVG) is commonly considered to be an alarming diagnostic sign. It is supposed to be one of the typical imaging features of mesenteric ischemia with bowel infarction, and is thus associated with a high mortality. Ultrasonography is able to detect even small amounts of PVG. This case report describes the detection of impressive amounts of PVG in a patient with hardly any abdominal symptoms. Is this nevertheless the hallmark of impending calamity?