The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp 151–158 | Cite as

Clinical and radiological observations concerning the large pendulum movement of the colon

  • A. Galambos


The large pendulum movement of the colon described by Rieder in 1912 remains a rather neglected field in the literature.

Its incidence, clinical importance, differentiation and its place among the other types of colonic movements has been stressed and its roentgen-demonstration illustrated on a series of films.

It is not a regular physiological movement; still its occurrence does not necessarily imply pathology. Its milder form is common; in fact, within certain limits it may be considered physiological; the extreme degree is rather rare. It may mislead one in the interpretation of its x-ray demonstration,—the only way of its recognition—, and in the clinical diagnosis of any disease, located within this mobile, pendular segment of the guts.


Transverse Colon Barium Enema Splenic Flexure Colonic Movement Pendulum Movement 
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  • A. Galambos
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  1. 1.New York

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