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.
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.