Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Jul 23, 2018
  • Author: Burt Cagir, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Ogilvie syndrome should be considered in all patients with significant abdominal distention. Colonic volvulus may manifest in a fashion similar to colonic pseudo-obstruction and therefore should be considered as well.

In addition to the conditions listed in the differential diagnosis, other problems to be considered include the following:

  • Peritonitis

  • Electrolyte disturbances

  • Adverse reaction to medication

Differential Diagnoses