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Transverse to Descending Colon Volvulus and Megacolon with Mesenterium Commune: Report of a Case

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We report a case of volvulus of the transverse-descending (T-D) colon and megacolon associated with mesenterium commune. A 70-year-old man was referred to our hospital for investigation of severe constipation and abdominal fullness. On physical examination, his abdomen was remarkably distended with generalized tenderness, and weak bowel sounds. Abdominal X-ray showed megacolon at the splenic flexure and a contrast medium enema study showed tapering of the upper rectum. Accordingly, under a diagnosis of T-D colon volvulus, we performed an emergency operation to release the colon volvulus. The intraoperative findings showed a volvulus of the T-D colon with mesenterium commune. The patient recovered uneventfully and his symptoms resolved; however, a postoperative barium enema showed residual megacolon at the splenic flexure.

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Tobinaga, S., Morinaga, A., Sajima, S. et al. Transverse to Descending Colon Volvulus and Megacolon with Mesenterium Commune: Report of a Case. Surg Today 34, 875–877 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00595-004-2808-3

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