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When I was born my small intestine was knotted up and some was removed. Was that volvulus?

When I was born my small intestine was knotted up and some was removed. Was that volvulus?

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. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Had sigmoidoscopy to straighten out a twisted bowel - sigmoid volvulus. Afterwards, I pooped 11 times clearing 6 days of constipation in 1 day, but since then - 3 days - only passing clear liquid even though I've been eating well. Is this normal? Am I co

Had sigmoidoscopy to straighten out a twisted bowel - sigmoid volvulus. Afterwards, I  pooped 11 times clearing 6 days of constipation in 1 day, but since then - 3 days - only passing clear liquid even though I've been eating well. Is this normal? Am I co

Bowels after sigmoid: This would not be unusual - the 11 stools represent your system being plugged up from the volvulus. And since that time - you are getting only liquid - it takes the bowels at least several days to move things along. I would anticipate resumption of "normal" bowels within the next day or so. ...Read more

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Volvulus-- will it heal itself?

Volvulus-- will it heal itself?

No: Volvulus is twisting of the intesting and, in general, if not untwisted within 6 hours, the bowel will die. There are children with a chronic volvulus that is tolerated. It is not acceptable to leave a volvulus untreated. The basis for it is a condition called malrotation. The intestine does not rotate properly in utero, a setup allowing it to twist at any time. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get volvulus?

Rarely: Volvulus is a twisting of the GI tract. It can occur at the stomach level, small bowel and proximal colon or the sigmoid colon. Some activities such as laxative abuse may predispose to volvulus. Oftentimes volvulus occurs due to congenital non fixation of the intestine. Any frequent severe abdominal pain associated with bilious (green) vomiting needs prompt evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the tests for volvulus?

Radiologic: Simple abdominal xrays may be helpful. Oftentimes a contrast study such as upper GI or lower GI is necessary. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of volvulus?

Distention, pain: Volvulus can occur in different parts of the GI tract including stomach, small intestine and different parts of the colon. Symptoms are from obstruction (blockage) causing distention/swelling and nausea/vomiting and from ischemia (lack of blood flow) causing pain. All types of volvulus are emergencies & need to be diagnosed & treated asap. ...Read more

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Had a volvulus in colon and had more than 8inches removed in emer surg 2yrs ago continue to have pain and discomfort same area?Can it happen again? Am i more at risk b/c i already had this once?

Had a volvulus in colon and had more than 8inches removed in emer surg 2yrs ago continue to have pain and  discomfort same area?Can it happen again? Am i more at risk b/c i already had this once?

Not likely: A volvulus occurs because of redundancy (extra length) of colon. The fact that this excess was excised will likely prevent occurrence. However, you could be having symptoms from adhesions (scar tissue) that can accompany open surgery. Check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your intestines are twisted/volvulus?

What does it mean when your intestines are twisted/volvulus?

Think garden hose: The intestines are a complex & long tubular structure with some parts firmly attached & some parts that float somewhat freely in the abdomen. If the free floating parts become twisted on them self, it not only stops flow as it would in your hose, it can begin to cut off the blood supply. If left untreated, the gut can die & start leaking contents & germs into the abdomen. This can be fatal. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm inducing due to volvulus scar!?

What to do if I'm inducing due to volvulus scar!?

Not sure: I'm not sure what you mean with inducing. That usually means doing something to a pregnant woman to bring on labor. Doesn't make sense in your question. Please clarify and resubmit your question. ...Read more

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Volvulus (Definition)

A volvulus is a condition in which a loop of intestine twists, cutting off blood supply to the part of the intestine beyond the twisted area. Usually, there is severe abdominal (tummy) pain. Volvulus is an emergency because the twisted loop ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more