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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 841491, 3 pages
Case Report

Ogilvie’s Syndrome following Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation

Department of Internal Medicine, Saint Michael’s Medical Center, Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences, Newark, NJ 07102, USA

Received 3 June 2014; Accepted 8 August 2014; Published 19 August 2014

Academic Editor: Aaron S. Dumont

Copyright © 2014 Moh’d Al-Halawani et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Acute colonic pseudoobstruction, also known as Ogilvie’s syndrome, is characterized by distension of the colon in the absence of a mechanical obstruction as evident by abdominal radiography. This syndrome is usually treated conservatively; however, medical or surgical therapies can be employed in refractory cases. Ogilvie’s syndrome has been reported following cardiac events, such as myocardial infarction, heart failure, and cardiac bypass surgeries. We report the first case of Ogilvie’s syndrome following synchronized electric cardioversion for atrial fibrillation.