Category: Visual Diagnosis
60 y/o male transferred from local rehab facility c/o abdominal pain.
Ogilvie's syndrome / Acute colonic pseudo-obstruction (ACPO)
Syndrome of decreased GI motility believed to be an autonomic imbalance (specifically, parasympathetic suppression) predominantly in the cecum and right colon. ACPO is also commonly due to narcotic overuse / abuse.
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