Cecal volvulus: The CT whirl sign


Cecal volvulus is a rare, but potentially fatal, cause of intestinal obstruction. As computed tomographic (CT) scanning is often the initial diagnostic test in patients with acute abdominal pain, we reiterate the importance of the “whirl sign” in diagnosing intestinal volvulus. We report the first description of the CT diagnosis of cecal volvulus.

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Frank, A.J., Goffner, L.B., Fruauff, A.A. et al. Cecal volvulus: The CT whirl sign. Abdom Imaging 18, 288–289 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00198126

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Key words

  • Intestinal obstruction, cecal volvulus
  • Mesentery