Cecal volvulus: the CT whirl sign

Abdom Imaging. 1993;18(3):288-9. doi: 10.1007/BF00198126.


Cecal volvulus is a rare, but potentially fatal, cause of intestinal obstruction. As computed tomographic (CT) scanning is often the initial diagnostic test in patients with acute abdominal pain, we reiterate the importance of the "whirl sign" in diagnosing intestinal volvulus. We report the first description of the CT diagnosis of cecal volvulus.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cecal Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Obstruction / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*