1993 Volume 32 Issue 7 Pages 607-609
Intestinal pseudoobstruction and pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis are uncommon complications of progressive systemic sclerosis. We report a 26-year-old woman with this disorder who responded poorly to conventional treatment. Subcutaneous administration of octreotide, a longacting somatostatin analogue, at a dose of 50 μg/day for 3 weeks, relieved symptoms such as nausea and bloating. There was also a marked decrease of intestinal gas accumulation, as documented on X-ray films.
(Internal Medicine 32: 607-609, 1993)