Pseudo-obstruction of the colon (Ogilvie's syndrome)

Fadi F. Attiyeh, William H. Knapper

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Pseudo-obstruction of the colon is an acute abdominal problem that can occur from a variety of causes and multiple organ failures. It is characterized by massive colonic dilatation and a clinical picture suggestive of mechanical large-intestinal obstruction, without any organic obstruction. Decompression should be cautiously attempted with proctoscopy and, possibly, colonoscopy; if these fail, then surgical decompression, usually by a cecostomy, is indicated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-108
Number of pages3
JournalDiseases of the Colon and Rectum
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1980
Externally publishedYes


  • Colon, pseudo-obstruction
  • Ogilvie's syndrome
  • Pseudo-obstruction, colonic


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