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South African Journal of Surgery

On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
Print version ISSN 0038-2361

S. Afr. j. surg. vol.50 n.2 Cape Town May. 2012

 

CASE REPORT

 

Pictorial interlude: Caught up in a 'whirl'

 

 

Marianne KuehnastI; Savvas AndronikouII

IM.B. Ch.B., D.A. (S.A.). Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
IIM.B. B.Ch., F.C. Rad. (S.A.), F.R.C.R. (Lond.), Ph.D., Visiting Professor. Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

 

 


ABSTRACT

A patient with the 'whirl sign' on computed tomography is 25.3 times as likely as a patient without the sign to have small-bowel obstruction (SBO) necessitating surgery. The 'whirl sign' therefore has an important role in the assessment of patients with clinical and radiological signs of SBO.


 

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