Large bowel obstruction due a colorectal carcinoma

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Abdominal distention and pain.

Patient Data

Age: 55-year-old
Gender: Male

CT Abdomen and pelvis

Pre and post-contrast images showing a narrowing point due to an enhancing wall thickness at the splenic flexure of the colon that causes both large and small bowels distention. The remainder of the exam is unremarkable. 

Case Discussion

The features showed on this CT scan are almost certain for a colonic cancer.

The patient was referred to colonoscopy. Biopsy confirmed a colorectal carcinoma, which is the main cause of large bowel obstruction in elderly. 

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Case information

rID: 40732
Case created: 1st Nov 2015
Last edited: 22nd Sep 2016
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