Medical Must-See: When a patient’s small bowel starts torquing

CT is the most reliable diagnostic tool for detecting the rare condition, say her doctors.
The surgical resection specimen in a 58-year-old woman with acute intestinal volvulus due to diffuse intestinal lipomatosis.

A distended, painful abdomen and ‘whirlpool-like’ distribution of the small intestine on CT led Chinese doctors to this “extremely rare” case of diffuse intestinal lipomatosis.

Their 58-year-old patient presented to ED with sudden and intense lower abdominal pain, following two days of swelling, nausea, vomiting and reduced defecation.