A surprising twist to an old problem: Sigmoid volvulus in a 19-year-old man

Nathan L. Salinas, Shamus R. Carr, Dale Han, Najjia N. Mahmoud

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Scopus citations

Abstract

Sigmoid volvulus classically presents in the seventh or eighth decade, therefore, diagnosis of sigmoid volvulus in an adolescent may be delayed or missed. This life-threatening diagnosis should be considered in young patients presenting with abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and constipation. Intraoperative findings in a 19-year-old man with a sigmoid volvulus highlight the importance of considering further studies, such as an abdominal CT scan, which goes beyond the typical obstruction evaluation in the adolescent patient. When nonoperative management fails to decompress the volvulus, complicating factors should be considered, and laparotomy is indicated to provide definitive treatment for this condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-286
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Volume73
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

    Fingerprint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

Cite this

Salinas, N. L., Carr, S. R., Han, D., & Mahmoud, N. N. (2007). A surprising twist to an old problem: Sigmoid volvulus in a 19-year-old man. American Surgeon, 73(3), 284-286.