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Midgut malrotation first presenting as acute bowel obstruction in adulthood: a case report and literature review

Okiemute F Emanuwa, Abraham A Ayantunde, Tony W Davies
World Journal of Emergency Surgery: WJES 2011 July 29, 6 (1): 22
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Malrotation of the midgut is generally regarded as paediatric pathology with the majority of patients presenting in childhood. The diagnosis is rare in adults, which sometimes leads to delay in diagnosis and treatment. A high index of suspicion is therefore required when dealing with patients of any age group with abdominal symptoms. We present a case of a 55-year old man who presented with an acute abdomen with preoperative computed tomography scan and operative findings confirming midgut rotation. The duodenum, small bowel, caecum and appendix were abnormally located, with the presence of classical Ladd's bands. There was no evidence of intestinal volvulus. The patient underwent an emergency laparotomy with an uneventful postoperative recovery.A review of the literature is presented to highlight the rarity of intestinal malrotation and the controversies surrounding its management in the adult population.

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