Volvulus

Overview

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

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

Treatments

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

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017


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