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Distention of the colon's splenic flexure

  • Alternative Names

    Colon splenic flexure distention


    Treatment involves decompressing the colon and treating the underlying cause of distention. This may be done with a rectal tube for decompression, or a colonoscopy  to remove excess air in the colon. Occasionally, surgery may be performed to remove an obstruction or to prevent perforation (hole).

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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Prognosis is generally good if an underlying cause of distention can be identified and treated.


    Complications are primarily perforation (hole in the colon) and infection.

    Calling your health care provider

    If symptoms of abdominal pain, abdominal distention, or fever occur, call your provider.