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Elderly man with abdominal distension
  1. Min-Po Ho,
  2. Kuang-Chau Tsai
  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, New Taipei City, Taiwan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Min-Po Ho, Department of Emergency Medicine 21, Nan-Ya S. Road, Section 2, Banqiao District, New Taipei City 220, Taiwan, ROC; hominpo{at}

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Imaging case history

An 83-year-old man with a history of hypertension and diabetes presented at our emergency department with abdominal pain as well as distension for 2 weeks. On physical examination, the patient was found to be having mild tenderness in mid-abdomen, without peritoneal signs. Laboratory tests were within the normal range. A radiograph of his abdomen was obtained (figure 1).

Figure 1

A radiograph of the patient's abdomen.


What is most likely diagnosis?

  1. Faecal impaction

  2. Colonic volvulus

  3. Abdominal aortic aneurysm

  4. Cholelithiasis

For the answer see page 827

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  • Contributors M-PH, K-CT: Patient care, concept and design, article research, authorship, and editing.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.