An uncommon congenital abnormality. Patients usually present with constipation but acute obstruction is less commonly reported.
The pathogenesis remains unknown and hypotheses have been proposed:
Colonic and rectal duplication may be cystic or tubular, the latter more common in the rectum. It is usually segmental and can be classified into the various types:
Type 1 Segmental colonic duplication without other caudal duplication
Type 2 Complete or segmental colonic duplication with genitourinary duplication
Fig a. Selected post contrast axial CT image slice demonstrating a duplicated anorectal junction and cervix.
Fig b. Selected post contrast coronal CT image illustrating a duplicated rectum
Fig c. Selected post contrast axial CT image confirming duplicated sigmoid colon and uterus
Fig d. Selected post contrast axial CT image demonstrating a duplicated descending colon
Fig e. Selected post contrast coronal CT image of a duplicated splenic flexure
Fig f. Selected post contrast coronal CT image of a duplicated caecum
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