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more about Volvulus

  • A twisting of the intestines around themselves or around other bands of tissue
  • Can cause complete obstruction or incomplete obstruction
  • Sometimes associated with abnormal rotation of the intestines

  • In complete obstructions, severe pain, vomiting, fever, bloody stools
  • In incomplete obstructions, feeding intolerance, nausea, irritability, frequent episodes of abdominal pain

  • Volvulus most common in newborn and infants several months of age
  • X-rays can show distended stomach and intestines
  • Abdominal tenderness, bloody stools, fetal position posturing, fever, and rapid heartbeat

  • Hospitalization for surgery to relieve the twisting and obstruction
  • Oftentimes, parts of the intestines must be removed.

  • Rupture of intestines can occur if diagnosis is delayed.  This can be life-threatening!  Call the doctor and rush your child the emergency room.

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