Ogilvie's syndrome

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Sometimes used interchangeably with colonic pseudo-obstruction, although the original description by Sir Heneage Ogilvie was of 2 patients with malignant infiltration of the coeliac plexus leading to a picture of colonic obstruction despite no mechanical blockage.[1]

Pseudo-obstruction is the more modern term for a picture of bowel obstruction in the absence of actual mechanical blockage.


  1. Ogilvie WH. Large intestine colic due to sympathetic deprivation: a new clinical syndrome. BMJ 1948; 2:671-3.
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