Case of cecal volvulus successfully treated with endoscopic colopexy

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Abstract

We herein report a case of cecal volvulus successfully treated with endoscopic colopexy. A 73-year-old man with a high fever and abdominal fullness was diagnosed with ileus caused by cecal volvulus. CT showed a dilated cecum and small intestine without bowel strangulation as well as acute pneumonia. Because the pneumonia increased the risk associated with general anesthesia, we attempted decompression of the bowel using endoscopy to avoid surgery. On day 1, a transanal ileus tube was inserted to the terminal ileum through the dilated cecum. On day 7, the bowel torsion spontaneously released. On day 8, we performed percutaneous endoscopic colopexy to fix the cecum on the abdominal wall and prevent re-twisting. The patient was discharged on day 15 without postoperative complications. Percutaneous endoscopic colopexy for cecal volvulus may be a treatment option when the risk associated with general anesthesia or surgery is high because of a comorbidity.

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