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J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2013 Apr;23(4):298-300. doi: 04.2013/JCPSP.298300.

Ogilvie's syndrome (acute colonic pseudo-obstruction) after caesarean section.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Al-Nafees Medical College, Al Maroof International Hospital, Islamabad. zebamunzar@hotmail.com

Abstract

Ogilvie's syndrome (OS), a massive dilation of the colon in the absence of mechanical obstruction, is a rare postsurgical complication. The high mortality rate (normally 15-31% and upto 45% after caecal perforation) explains the seriousness of this clinical situation. Early diagnosis is made by plain abdominal X-ray and CT abdomen. Conservative treatment is usually effective and surgery should be reserved for complicated cases or refractory to conservative treatment. We report a case of 25 years primigravida who developed OS, 24 hours after cesarean section, which was treated by conservative methods.

PMID:
23552546
DOI:
04.2013/JCPSP.298300
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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