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|Title:||Sigmoid volvulus and unexpected death in the elderly|
|Citation:||Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine, 2001; 8(4):228-230|
|Abstract:||An 84-year-old female who was found unexpectedly dead at her home was shown at autopsy to have a massively dilated sigmoid colon with twisting of the lower colon on an unusually long mesentery. The volvulus had caused mechanical obstruction of the bowel with critical reduction of the blood supply resulting in intestinal infarction. Death was due to ischaemic necrosis of the lower large intestine with significant fluid and electrolyte sequestration within the bowel lumen, associated with disseminated sepsis. Gastrointestinal disorders that may result in unexpected death are uncommon in adults and may present atypically in the elderly. The diagnosis of unexpected death due to an infarcted sigmoid volvulus may not be established until an autopsy has been undertaken.|
|Appears in Collections:||Pathology publications|
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