Clinical presentation A 53-year-old man was admitted with a 2-week history of bowel obstruction on a background of gradually worsening dyspeptic symptoms associated with vomiting and weight loss. He was under regular gastroenterology review for Barrett’s oesophagus and had a recent endoscopic diagnosis of megaduodenum (mainly D1 dilatation) confirmed by barium study (figure 1). He was also known to have bladder emptying problems and an enlarged bladder. His mother died at age 28 due to ‘megacolon’, and he has a monozygotic twin brother with Barrett’s oesophagus.
Despite two attempts at endoscopic decompression, he eventually underwent Hartmann’s sigmoidectomy. His postoperative recovery was delayed by prolonged ileus requiring nasogastric drainage and parenteral nutritional support. He was discharged on the 19th day postoperatively.
Question Aside from the immediate volvulus presentation, should any other diagnosis be considered?
- gastrointestinal muscle
- gastrointestinal motility
- intestinal motility
- intestinal obstruction
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