A 29-year-old member asked:
when i was born my small intestine was knotted up and some was removed. was that volvulus?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Troy Reyna answered
43 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Possibly: The correct term is malrotation. This causes a twist in the intestine which cuts off the blood supply. This necessitates removal of a portion of dead intestine. Another term used is volvulus.
Answered on Aug 15, 2012
Dr. Charles Breaux answered
38 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Quite possibly: You say your small intestine was knotted up. That could indeed be midgut volvulus in which your small bowel was twisted around a narrow mesentery, or connection of the bowel to the back of the abdominal cavity. That is almost always seen in intestinal malrotation, when the bowel did not situate in the right location in the abdomen as it was being formed in the fetus.
Answered on Mar 12, 2015
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