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A 33-year-old female asked:

Some doctor told my brother: "one of the causes of the twisted colon can be, if a person was sexually abuse in his childhood. is this true?

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Dr. Jeffrey Duman
Gastroenterology 20 years experience
No: A twisted colon, called a volvulus, is not related to sexual trauma.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Referencing IBS: I am assuming that by "twisted colon" your brother's doctor was referring to colon spasms as an indicator of irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). In patients with ibs, a history of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse is reported more often than in those without ibs. Also, patients with ibs are more likely to report greater lifetime (childhood stress is particularly important) & daily stressful events.

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Last updated Mar 7, 2013

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