Case report of extreme gastric distention and perforation with pathologic Sarcina ventriculi colonization and Rett syndrome

Carla M. Lopez, Mark L. Kovler, Eric B. Jelin

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Abstract

Here we describe a case of a 15-year-old child with Rett syndrome who presented with extreme gastric distension and fatal perforation in the setting of long-standing aerophagia and pathologic colonization with Sarcina ventriculi, a rare bacteria implicated in gastric perforation. This is the first report of gastric perforation associated with colonization by Sarcina in a patient with pathologic aerophagia. Gastric colonization with Sarcina should be considered in intellectually disabled children with pathologic air swallowing who present with severe gastric dilation and/or perforation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-212
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Volume73
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Gastric perforation
  • Rett syndrome
  • Sarcina ventriculi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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