Early intestinal ischaemia secondary to closed loop obstruction

Case contributed by Dr David Holcdorf


Right upper quadrant pain. Previous cholecystectomy.

Patient Data

Age: 25
Gender: Female

The duodenum and proximal jejunum are dilated, with a transition point seen in the left periumbilical region. A loop of jejunum in this region has a mildly thickened wall that is hypoenhancing. Small volume of free fluid in the pelvis.

​Previous cholecystectomy. The liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys and adrenal glands are unremarkable. No suspicious bony lesion. The imaged lung bases are clear.


Mechanical small bowel obstruction with a transition point seen in the left periumbilical region. The bowel in this region has an appearance that is concerning for ischaemia, and closed loop obstruction should be considered.

Case Discussion

The patient was taken to theatre and the diagnosis of closed loop obstruction with hypoperfused small bowel confirmed.

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Case information

rID: 41903
Published: 25th Dec 2015
Last edited: 6th Aug 2016
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