Romulo Pedroza Pinheiro, Leonardo Ribeiro Nascimento, Herton Rodrigo Tavares Costa, Helton Luiz Aparecido Defino


Objective: Ogilvie syndrome is a rare disease characterized by acute abdominal pain and distention in the absence of mechanical obstruction. It is a rare condition that usually affects hospitalized patients in association with severe illness or after surgery. A few cases have been reported after spinal surgery.

Material and Methods: Retrospective reports of Ogilvie syndrome in three patients that underwent spinal surgery (two posterior lumbar instrumented fusion and one anterior cervical fusion). Surgical treatment was required in two patients and conservative treatment in one out the three patients.

Results: Two patients had a complete recovery of symptoms and signs of the disease, and one died.

Conclusion: Ogilvie syndrome is rare, but it should be considered a differential diagnosis in patients who have undergone surgery and present with significant abdominal pain and distention.

Level of evidence II; Retrospective study.


Ogilvie’s syndrome, pseudo-obstruction, spinal fusion

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