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Pediatr Surg Int. 2000;16(1-2):45-9.

The radiologist says malrotation: does the surgeon operate?

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Department of Surgery, Sydney Children's Hospital, High Street, Randwick, NSW 2031, Australia.


The management of malrotation when it is an incidental finding is unclear. This retrospective study reports an analysis of radiological and operative findings in a series of 71 patients. There were no deaths. We report a false-positive rate of 15% for upper gastrointestinal contrast studies reported as showing malrotation. Our findings and a review of the literature demonstrate that in the asymptomatic child over 2 years of age, the evidence supporting mandatory correction of malrotation is weak.

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