Obstruction of large intestine

Obstruction of large intestine is a topic covered in the Diagnosaurus.

To view the entire topic, please or purchase a subscription.

5-Minute Clinical Consult (5MCC) app and website powered by Unbound Medicine helps you diagnose and manage 900+ medical conditions. Exclusive bonus features include Diagnosaurus DDx, 200 pediatrics topics, and medical news feeds. Explore these free sample topics:

5-Minute Clinical Consult

-- The first section of this topic is shown below --


  • Mechanical colonic obstruction, eg, malignancy, diverticulitis, volvulus, fecal impaction
  • Toxic megacolon due to inflammatory bowel disease or C. difficile colitis
  • Megacolon due to Chagas’ disease, Hirschsprung’s disease (aganglionic), multiple sclerosis, sacral nerve damage, myxedema (hypothyroidism)
  • Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction
  • Acute colonic pseudo-obstruction (Ogilvie’s syndrome), associated with:
    • Trauma, burns, or postoperative
    • Respiratory failure
    • Malignancy
    • Myocardial infarction or congestive heart failure (CHF)
    • Pancreatitis
    • Stroke or subarachnoid hemorrhage
    • Intestinal ischemia
    • Drugs, eg, opioids, anticholinergics

-- To view the remaining sections of this topic, please or purchase a subscription --

Last updated: December 1, 2014