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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr10.2009.2357.
Published online 2010 January 13. doi:  10.1136/bcr.10.2009.2357
PMCID: PMC3027827
Rare disease

Splenic flexure volvulus


We present the case of a woman in her 50s presenting with acute abdominal pain and absolute constipation. Subsequent investigations revealed large bowel obstruction which was shown on computed tomography scan to be secondary to a rare volvulus of the splenic flexure of her colon. The patient was taken for an urgent laparotomy with resection of 45 cm of large bowel and formation of a primary anastomosis. Though she initially made a good postoperative recovery, she unfortunately later developed complications as a result of her surgery requiring further laparotomies. She later died of multiple organ failure, 2 months following her admission.

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