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Volvulus - childhood

  • Definition

    A volvulus is a twisting of the intestine that can occur in childhood. It causes a blockage, and may cut off blood flow and damage part of the intestine.


    Alternative Names

    Childhood volvulus


    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    A birth defect called intestinal malrotation can make infants more likely to develop a volvulus. However, a volvulus can occur without malrotation.

    Volvulus due to malrotation often occurs early in life, usually in the first year.