Volvulus: Small bowel and colon

Elsa Valsdottir, John H. Marks

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Volvulus of the intestine is a surgical emergency. Volvulus of the small bowel is more common in children and is most often secondary to malrotation. Small bowel volvulus is an uncommon cause for small bowel obstruction in adults, and is more likely to be secondary to postoperative adhesive bands. Colonic volvulus is a rare cause of large bowel obstruction, but more common than small bowel volvulus. The sigmoid is most frequently involved, with redundant colon as the primary cause. Cecal volvulus most commonly is due to lack of fixation. Colonic volvulus has a specific radiographic appearance; however, small bowel volvulus is difficult to distinguish from other causes of small bowel obstruction by radiographic means. New surgical techniques with minimally invasive surgery are increasingly being applied to this old problem with good results in selected cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-93
Number of pages3
JournalClinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2008

Other keywords

  • Bowel obstruction
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Volvulus


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