Whirlpool sign (mesentery)

The whirlpool sign of the mesentery, also known as the whirl sign, is seen when the bowel rotates around its mesentery leading to whirls of the mesenteric vessels. 

Terminology

The term whirlpool sign is used in other contexts: see whirlpool sign (disambiguation).

Radiographic features

It is seen in a number of settings:

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Article information

rID: 8491
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Whirl sign - bowel
  • Whirl sign - mesenteric

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    Figure 1: whirlpool image
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    Midgut volvulus
    Case 1: midgut volvulus
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    Midgut volvulus

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    Case 2: midgut volvulus
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    The axial CT-slic...
    Case 4: caecal volvulus
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    Case 5: midgut volvulus
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    Case 6
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    Case 7: sigmoid volvulus
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    Case 8: sigmoid volvulus
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    Case 11: sigmoid volvulus
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    Case 12: on colour Doppler ultrasound
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    Case 14: caecal volvulus
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