Slow colon transit time

Case contributed by Bahman Rasuli


Chronic constipation.

Patient Data

Age: 20 years
Gender: Female

Abdominal XR series day 0 - day 7


A capsule containing 10 radio-opaque markers is swallowed and an abdominal x-ray is taken 60 minutes later. After one day, The markers are seen distributed within the right abdominal cavity, likely to be within the distal cecum and ascending colon.

At the end of the fifth day, more than 20% of the original markers are seen within the ascending colon related to slow colon transit time.

Case Discussion

Normal colonic transit time is 20-56 hours, and most adults will clear all the markers in 4-5 days.

How to use cases

You can use Radiopaedia cases in a variety of ways to help you learn and teach.

Creating your own cases is easy.

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.