Twisting or knotting can block the intestine and obstruct blood flow. This is most commonly due to a birth defect called malrotation, which occurs during fetal development. It can also occur in older adults with constipation.


Symptoms include belly pain and bloating, nausea, bloody stools, and constipation.


Emergency surgery is necessary to repair the volvulus and remove possible dead tissue.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017

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