BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.01.2012.5509
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Unusual retention of two flatus tubes inserted for sigmoid volvulus

  1. Mohanraj Harlingham
  1. Colorectal Department, QEQM Hospital, Kent, UK
  1. Correspondence to Roland Fernandes, rfernandes{at}


A 87-year-old gentleman presented as an acute admission with abdominal distension and inability to open his bowels for the preceding 4 days. His co-morbidities included Down’s syndrome, moderate learning disabilities, osteoarthritis and hypertension. He was known to suffer from recurrent sigmoid volvulus which was extensively investigated. Colonoscopy did not reveal any intraluminal pathology and CT scan was unremarkable except for a large, floppy …

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