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USC Surgery / Conditions / Volvulus

Volvulus is a condition in which a section of the intestines becomes twisted around itself and the tissue attached to the abdominal wall, impairing blood flow. It occurs most often in middle-aged and elderly men, although an also be experienced by women. Certain types of volvulus occur in babies due to a congenital defects known as intestinal malrotation.
Untreated, volvulus can lead to bowel obstruction, intestinal obstruction, perforation of the intestine, and peritonitis.

Signs and symptoms of volvulus

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Blood in the stool

Treatment of this condition involves untwisting to relieve the blockage. This can often be done with a small camera or scope. Surgery is often required to prevent this from happening again. This surgery can be performed with minimally invasive techniques.

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