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|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 68-69
Chilaiditi syndrome: An unusual cause of failed colonoscopy
Ramesh Kumar1, Utpal Anand2, Rajeev Nayan Priyadarshi3
1 Department of Gastroenterology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, Bihar, India
2 Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, Bihar, India
3 Department of Radiodiagnosis, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, Bihar, India
|Date of Web Publication||19-Jun-2019|
Department of Gastroenterology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, Bihar
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|How to cite this article:|
Kumar R, Anand U, Priyadarshi RN. Chilaiditi syndrome: An unusual cause of failed colonoscopy. J Dig Endosc 2019;10:68-9
Colonoscopy may be difficult in up to 10%–20% of the procedure. Many factors have been implicated in difficult colonoscopy, such as bowel preparation, body mass index, extensive diverticular diseases, and history of abdominal/pelvic surgery. Here, we present an unusual case where colonic intubation beyond hepatic flexure failed at two attempts, by two different expert endoscopists, in a 48-year-old male patient who presented with a history of nonspecific pain abdomen and generalized weakness. His blood hemoglobin level was 8 g/dl, and fecal occult blood test was positive. His X-ray abdomen revealed gas shadow with visible haustral folds in the right and left subphrenic space [[Figure 1], left], which on computed tomography scan was interposition of colon between liver and both diaphragms [[Figure 1], right]. This hepatodiphragmatic interposition of the colon is termed as Chilaiditi sign. Chilaiditi sign is usually an asymptomatic radiologic sign; however, when it is accompanied by clinical symptoms, it is called Chilaiditi syndrome (CS). The common symptoms of CS are abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and constipation. The complications of CS may include intestinal obstruction, volvulus, and perforation. An unsuspected CS may cause technical difficulty during colonoscopy and an increased risk of colonic perforation due to progressive entrapment of air. Therefore, it is important to identify such potentially difficult cases before the procedure so that special or alterative techniques may be adopted to avoid excessive time, needless patients' discomfort, and complications such as colonic perforation. Special modus operandi such as water exchange colonoscopy, magnetic endoscopic imaging (MEI), balloon enteroscopy, and carbon dioxide as insufflating agent may be considered in these patients. MEI is a nonradiographic technique that is capable of producing a real-time three-dimensional image of the colonoscope configuration on a display monitor. It operates by sensing low electromagnetic field produced by a series of electromagnetic generator coils along a catheter inserted through the channel of the endoscope. It has been shown to be beneficial in reducing the duration of looping and increasing the cecal intubation rate when compared with no visualization. Although these techniques look promising, data to support their use in patients with CS are lacking.
|Figure 1: X-ray abdomen showing gas shadow with visible haustral folds in the right and left subphrenic space (left) and computed tomography scan showing interposition of colon between liver and both diaphragms (right)|
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