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Intestinal Malrotation and Volvulus

Key Points about Intestinal Malrotation and Volvulus

  • Malrotation happens when the intestine doesn’t turn like it should. A volvulus happens when the intestine becomes twisted. This causes an intestinal blockage.
  • The most common symptoms are vomiting bile, stomach pain, diarrhea or constipation, and bloody stools.
  • A volvulus is considered a life-threatening problem. This is because the intestine can die when it’s twisted and doesn’t have enough blood supply.
  • If your child has a volvulus, they will likely have surgery as soon as possible to prevent damage.
  • Most children who have a volvulus fixed with surgery often have no long-term problems if there wasn’t any intestinal damage.
  • What is intestinal malrotation and volvulus?
  • What causes a malrotation or volvulus?
  • Who is at risk for a malrotation?
  • What are the symptoms of malrotation and volvulus?
  • How are a malrotation and volvulus diagnosed?
  • How are a malrotation and volvulus treated?
  • What are possible complications of a malrotation or volvulus?
  • How can I help my child live with a malrotation and volvulus?
Children's Team

Children's Team


Timothy Kane

Timothy Kane

Chief, General and Thoracic Surgery
Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program
Jeffrey Lukish M.D.

Jeffrey Lukish

Pediatric Surgeon
Associate Professor, Surgery and Pediatrics
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Rebecca's Story

At only 15-days old, Rebecca would need to undergo surgery to treat intestinal malrotation and volvulus. Find out how Children's team used minimally invasive surgery to treat the infant.



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