Coffee-bean sign

Yu-Sung Lee; Wei-Jing Lee
June 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;6/17/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 13, p1657
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article presents a case study of an 85-year-old man with a history of tongue cancer presented to the emergency department with a 2-day history of abdominal distension, pain and constipation. It reports that a plain radiograph of the abdomen showed a markedly distended sigmoid loop with an inverted U-shape, also known as the "coffee- bean sign," consistent with sigmoid volvulus. It notes that the conservative treatment options include decompression under fluoroscopy or endoscopy, and surgery.


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