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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

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Volvulus (Definition)

A condition in which a loop of intestine twists, cutting off blood supply to the part of the intestine beyond the twisted area. It is seen as an emergency because the twisted loop ...Read more


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Do a lot of people get volvulus?

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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What is the definition or description of: Volvulus?

What is the definition or description of: Volvulus?

Twisting: Of the loop of intestine on the axis of its mysentery
it causes blockage with constipation vomiting and severe abdominal cramps ...Read more

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Could humans have gastric volvulus rotation?

Could humans have gastric volvulus rotation?

Yes,: Not common, but possible, and it is surgical emergency if it is acute. Commonly, it happens in a paraesophageal hiatal hernia. ...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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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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Is it possible for humans to have gastric volvulus rotation?

Is it possible for humans to have gastric volvulus rotation?

Yes: Not common but it can happen. Surgical correction is effective. ...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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How long does vomiting associated with volvulus last?

Till end of volvulus: Once the volvulus is resolved or corrected it may take 24 hours for normal gut function to resume. If surgery is required to correct the volvulus then it can be 2-3 days. ...Read more

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Has anyone out there treated a cecal volvulus conservatively?

Yes; poor results.: Treatment that does not remove the right colon is associated with a very high recurrence rate. While colon resection does have risks that must be considered, there is a significant mortality rate seen with repeat volvulus. ...Read more

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How long does decreased appetite associated with volvulus last?

Depends: Depends on the age of the patient and mode of correction of volvulus. 2-3 days if infant/child and endoscopic correction is done. If surgery is required 4-6 days. ...Read more

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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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How long does abdominal pain associated with volvulus last?

How long does abdominal pain associated with volvulus last?

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

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Adult w/ incomplete midgut rotation no volvulus. Chronic pain & symptoms mild-severe. Told "no surgeon will touch it" until an emergency. Is this true?

Adult w/ incomplete midgut rotation no volvulus. Chronic pain & symptoms mild-severe. Told "no surgeon will touch it" until an emergency. Is this true?

Not true: General Surgeon with laparasocopic surgical experience can perform a Ladd procedure, which should take care of this problem. This is fairly routine type surgery for Pediatric Surgeons. Thus Pediatric Surgeon can do this if u can't find surgeon of adults to do it ...Read more

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How long does abdominal distension associated with volvulus last?

Minimal: Once the volvulus is relieved the distension will resolve. If mechanical relief of volvulus is used then relief should be fairly rapid. If surgery is used it may be a few days for the ileus to resolve. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is description and identification of onchocerca volvulus?

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

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Can severe long term bloating damage the intestine permanently? Does it cause diverticular, volvulus or adhesions? Thank you

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

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How long does blood in stool associated with volvulus last?

How long does blood in stool associated with volvulus last?

Not long: After the volvulus is corrected, the bleeding may last up to a week. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Ask Your Surgeon: Because you had a surgery for a significant problem and now have some lingering pain best to follow up with the surgeon.
I would use the Aleve only under a doctors recommendation. It can cause stomach upset and even a GI Bleed. Don't be in pain call that doctor up now. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a sigmoid volvulous resolve on its own?

Yes it can: If it is not completely twisted beyond point of no return. Otherwise, it needs to be reduced by endoscopy, and a surgical procedure is needed to prevent recurrence. But you should consult a GI specialist for specific recommendation, before this condition becomes a surgical emergency. ...Read more

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I like be fat?

I like be fat?

That's nice.: The picture of shown next to the name hawzhen, seems to be one of a thin, young female. So, the question is: what does your question mean? Are you thin and would like to be fat (rare)? Do you perceive yourself as too thin and would like to gain weight? 18 years old, typically the time young people start college, or perhaps leave home for another reason, is common age for eating disorders..... ...Read more

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I like be fat I'm 37kg?

I like be fat I'm 37kg?

HEIGHT: Need a height to determine the body mass index. You may need to seek help for an eating disorder. ...Read more

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Would like to ask info?

Ask it.: Just ask it. This is a board so there's no two-way conversation on this part of the website. ...Read more

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What are nerve blocks like?

What are nerve blocks like?

Awsome!: As an anesthesiologist and recent recipient of an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, I loved the excellent pain control I received from by block during the first 24 hrs after surgery. I only wish it could last longer, but we are working on that in our specialty. I received no sedation for the procedure of the the block and found it to be neither uncomfortable or scary. ...Read more