Large bowel obstruction caused by sclerosing peritonitis: contrast-enhanced CT findings

Choi J H; Kim J H; Kim J J; Jin S Y; Choi D L
April 2004
British Journal of Radiology;Apr2004, Vol. 77 Issue 916, p344
Academic Journal
Sclerosing peritonitis (SP) is a rare but serious complication of chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). SP is characterized by thickening of the peritoneum that encloses some or all of the small intestine. However, the early clinical features of SP are non-specific and are often not recognized until the patient develops complications. The most common complications of SP appear to be partial or complete small bowel obstruction, small bowel necrosis, and enterocutaneous fistulae, all of which, necessitate surgical intervention and have high mortality rates. Although the CT findings of SP are well recognized, to our knowledge, large bowel obstruction due to SP without peritoneal change have not been reported. We report a case of large bowel obstruction due to peritoneal sclerosis following long-term CAPD.


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