Ogilvie's syndrome in pregnancy--a case report

S. Nishida, K. Tanaka, H. Kawaji, N. Hamada, T. Ono, A. Taira

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations


A 23-year-old female in the 28th week of pregnancy was admitted with an acute abdominal distension. The plain X-ray films showed a marked gaseous dilatation of the colon from the cecum to the splenic flexure. A tube colostomy was performed. Her postoperative course was uneventful and she improved progressively. Her pregnancy and delivery elapsed uneventfully there after. After the delivery she again complained of marked abdominal distension. The colonoscopic decompression in combination with the administration of Cisapride was successfully accomplished. Ogilvie's syndrome is characterized by an unobstructed colon which progresses to marked dilatation. When the colonic diameter becomes 12cm or more, surgical decompression should be recommended to avoid the hazard of spontaneous rupture. This is the first reported case of Ogilvie's syndrome in pregnancy in Japan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-184
Number of pages3
JournalNippon Geka Gakkai zasshi
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Ogilvie's syndrome in pregnancy--a case report'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this