Sigmoid volvulus

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio

Patient Data

Age: 85 years
Gender: Male

CT Abdomen and pelvis

Scout shows a marked distention of the sigmoid colon that assumes a coffee bean–like configuration.

Case Discussion

Sigmoid volvulus is an abnormal twisting of the sigmoid colon along its mesenteric axis that causes closed-loop obstruction and can lead to ischemia, perforation, and death. 

The coffee-bean sign is a sign on an abdominal plain film of a sigmoid volvulus although some authors have also used the term to refer to closed loop small bowel obstructions. 

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Case information

rID: 19600
Published: 28th Sep 2012
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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