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BMJ Case Rep. 2016 Sep 19;2016. pii: bcr2016216159. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2016-216159.

Volvulus of ileum: a rare cause of small bowel obstruction.

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1
Department of Surgery, San Fernando General Hospital, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago.
2
Department of General Surgery, San Fernando Teaching Hospital, University of the West Indies, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago.
3
Clinical Surgical Sciences, University of West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago.
4
Department of Clinical Surgical Sciences, University Of West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

Abstract

Small bowel volvulus is a rare but life-threatening surgical emergency. Owing to its rarity, it is seldom entertained as a differential for small bowel obstruction. The aetiology may be either primary or secondary, with secondary being more common in the Western world. Prompt diagnosis and urgent surgical treatment is required if bowel necrosis is to be prevented, which is associated with increased mortality. We present a case of primary ileal volvulus with a gangrenous segment and a brief overview of the current literature.

PMID:
27646320
PMCID:
PMC5030596
DOI:
10.1136/bcr-2016-216159
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