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Volvulus Bowel Twisted On Itself
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
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
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
Can severe long term bloating damage the intestine permanently? Does it cause diverticular, volvulus or adhesions? Thank you
Bloat is a symptom.: Bloating is not a condition unto itself. It's a symptom that would be indicative of some underlying condition. That condition, depending on what it is, could have long-term consequences. The reason for your bloating needs to be identified. ...Read more
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
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
Yes: Not common but it can happen. Surgical correction is effective. ...Read more
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?
Until it Resolves: Volvulus describes 180 (+) degree twisting of the intestine, causing a bowel obstruction inevitably leading to necrosis or rupture unless it resolves, either spontaneously, by endoscopic or radiologic decompression, or surgical rx. The best method depends on the location & cause of the "twist" and the stability of the patient. ...Read more
Adult w/ incomplete midgut rotation no volvulus. Chronic pain & symptoms mild-severe. Told "no surgeon will touch it" until an emergency. Is this true?
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
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
Cecal volvulus: The cecum is the first part of the large intestine. A volvulus results when the bowel twists on its blood supply. This will cause an obstruction of the intestine which will lead to abdominal distention (swelling) and an inability to have a bowel movement. The treatment is to untwist it and may require removal of that part of the intestine. It is often the result of severe constipation. ...Read more
I had emergency surgery 3 wks ago for Acute gastric volvulus. When can I expect the pain to stop? I only use Tylenol and Aleve.
Can damage to the vagus nerve cause a tonic-clonic seizure? My seizure was 9 months after gastric volvulus surgery. I have gastroparesis.
No: Your seizure activity originates in the brain, not a distant surgical site. ...Read more
Could I have volvulus in the cecum or ascending colon? Idid pass stools yesterday but I’m having trouble with passing gas& feel pressure on that side
Unlikely: You’d be incredibly ill.Get a more detailed answer ›
What does it mean to have a twisted bowel? Does it mean that your intestines are literally twisted?
I found out today I have a twisted bowel. How likely am I to have surgery and how likely is it that I could die from this? I haven't seen the GI Dr
See a surgeon.: If you've had surgery before, it is likely that you might have adhesions. Though most adhesion related bowel obstruction clears up with conservative measures, some cases need to undergo surgery again. It would be best for you to see a reputable conservative surgeon as soon as possible to get a better assessment clinically and with imaging studies. ...Read more
I have a kink/ twisted bowel and have been told by the doctors that they won't operate as it could be dangerous I have put up with this for 14 years.
My hubby had op for twisted bowel 9 years ago. Recently, every couple of weeks he gets severe bloating pain with diarrhoea. Could this be related?
Could be adhesions: See your physician or the previous surgeon or both. ...Read more
My dad is 81 and has a twisted bowel he is in hospital for 7 days and there no Chang in him how long will it take?
What is the chance of a child having a twisted bowel due to severe impaction? Giving senokot (senna) at bedtime one time no large movement yet tried supposito
Needs some help: I would take her to your pcp and see if s/he can help you get this painful process some help. I end up sending 1 kid every year or two to the x-ray department where they use a soluable contrast material to loosen and wash out the lower bowel.The study will also reveal some enlargement of the colon from stool retention. Agressave daily emptying and oral wetting agents can help this resolve. ...Read more
How do you confirm twisted bowels? I haven't been able to have a normal bowel movement in over 5 days and when I do it is loose. Have a lot of gas too.
I have been suffering for 2 month, dr said its twisted bowel and give me pills for relief of stomach ache, doesn't work, I think its too late?
Need Definitive Dx: "twisted bowel" usually refers to a small bowel obstruction, a diagnosis that can only be made by history (vomiting, pain, no flatus or bm) exam (distention), and x-ray; with few exceptions, this requires hospitalization & possible surgery. If this does not go along with your clinical picture, I would search for an alternate diagnosis--perhaps a second opinion would be a good idea? ...Read more
8yr old had appendix removed & had 2nd surgery for bowel obstr. & twisted colon. 2yrs later has stomach cramps, food coming up, burning, vomit help!
Time for a visit: I would take the kid to urgent care or the er now. With that history, the potential for certain parts of the intestines to stick to each other and possible bind or twist will remain a possibility. A review of the history, exam and possible xrays will be needed to exclude blockage from a simple stomach flu. ...Read more
See below: It occurs in about 1 in 500 births. Or. 002%. ...Read more
GI muscle meds: A twisted gut is a surgical situation and should always be considered an emergency that requires medical intervention, not pills. Muscle relaxants are generally used for skeletal muscle spasm and will not affect the smooth muscles in the gut. Anti cholinergics such as atropine, bentyl, (dicyclomine) or donna tol may slow the cramping sensation. Also CNS depressants relax both skeletal and smooth muscle. ...Read more
Got a massage on my stomach but after that I feel constipated, can't pass gas/cramptook gas x and it didn't help. Is possibility I have twisted intestine?
Unlikely!: Folks with 'twisted intestine' always have significant pain and usually nausea and vomiting. If you have only constipation, it may be due to diet. However, not having a bowel movement every day is normal for many people. Its a matter of degree. Not going for a few days can be normal but not going for 2 weeks is serious and should be checked out. ...Read more