Volvulus | Diagnosis & Treatment

How is volvulus diagnosed?

If volvulus is suspected, urgent diagnosis required. The gold standard to diagnose volvulus is an upper GI series, a procedure performed to examine the stomach and first portion of the intestine.

How is volvulus treated?

Volvulus is a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention.

Volvulus is usually surgically treated as soon as possible. The surgeon will untwist the intestine and check it for damage. If the intestine is healthy, the surgeon will place it back in the abdomen. If the health of the intestine is unclear, the surgeon may perform another operation in 24 to 48 hours to check it. If the intestine appears to be damaged, the injured section may be removed.

If a large part of the intestine has been injured, the surgeon may need to remove a significant amount of it. Doctors may perform an ostomy, in which the remaining healthy ends of intestine are placed through openings in the abdomen. Stool will pass through the opening (called a stoma).