Two Cases of Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo-obstruction with Different Clinical Features

Byoung Hwan Lee, Nayoung Kim, Sung-Bum Kang, Kyoung-Ho Lee, Jane C Oh, Sun-Mi Kim, Young Soo Park, Dong Ho Lee
Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility 2010, 16 (1): 83-9
Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIPO) is a rare disorder characterized by a severe impairment of gastrointestinal propulsion in the absence of mechanical obstruction. We experienced a case of chronic pseudo-obstruction in the initial phase mimicking acute pseudo-obstruction, which was treated medically. This ongoing case was compared to another recurrent and intractable case successfully treated with surgery and diagnosed as hypoganglionosis. These two cases showed different clinical features and therapeutic approaches for CIPO; one with the first episode of CIPO mimicking Ogilvie's syndrome; the other with recurrent episodes of CIPO with typical features. In conclusion, CIPO is a difficult disorder with various clinical manifestations and different treatment modalities, therefore individualized diagnostic and therapeutic approaches are needed.

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