Volvulus is a twisting of the intestine. It can happen in a baby when the intestine doesn't grow in the right place (malrotation).
Volvulus is an emergency. The twisting of the intestine can cut off blood flow and lead to death of the tissue. It can make your baby very sick and can be deadly. Your baby will need surgery right away.
If your baby has volvulus, he or she may seem fussy at first but can get very sick quickly. Symptoms include:
Volvulus is treated with surgery. The doctor untwists the intestine and removes any part of it that has died. The healthy ends of the intestine are sewn back together. In some cases a second surgery is needed within 1 or 2 days.
Your baby will probably be in the hospital for 4 to 6 days after the surgery.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Current as of: March 27, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Jennifer Merchant, MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
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