Colonic pseudo-obstruction (Ogilvie's syndrome)

Discussion:

Gross colonic dilatation from cecum 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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