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Chilaiditi's Syndrome

Abstract

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NORD is very grateful to Michael J Boros, MD, Munson Medical Center, for assistance in the preparation of this report.

Synonyms of Chilaiditi's Syndrome

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Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion

Chilaiditi's syndrome is a rare condition in which a portion of the colon is abnormally located (interposed) in between the liver and the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdomen. Chilaiditi's syndrome can cause a variety of symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and small bowel obstruction. The specific symptoms and presentation of Chilaiditi's syndrome can vary greatly from one person to another. The cause of Chilaiditi's syndrome is not fully understood.

In most cases, interposition of a portion of colon between the liver and diaphragm does not cause symptoms (asymptomatic) and is often an incidental finding in the elderly. When no symptoms are present, this clinical finding is referred to as Chilaiditi's sign. In rare cases, symptoms do develop; these cases are referred to as Chilaiditi's syndrome.

Organizations related to Chilaiditi's Syndrome

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