Colonic pseudo-obstruction (Ogilvie's syndrome)

Case contributed by Dr Mohammad Taghi Niknejad

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Sudden painless abdominal distension.

Patient Data

Age: 45
Gender: Male

There is gross colonic dilatation from caecum to anus with no obstructing lesion.

Case Discussion

Gross colonic dilatation from caecum to anus with no obstructing lesion in a 47 Y/O patient with sudden painless abdominal distention is compatible with colonic pseudo-obstruction.

Colonic pseudoobstruction (also known as Ogilvie syndrome) is a potentially fatal condition leading to an acute colonic distention without an underlying mechanical obstruction ( Initially described by H Ogilvie in 1948 ).

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Case information

rID: 21659
Case created: 8th Feb 2013
Last edited: 7th Feb 2016
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