Malrotation with midgut volvulus in an adult: a case report and review of the literature

Adrian T Fung, David E Konkin, Zaheer S Kanji
Journal of Surgical Case Reports 2017, 2017 (5): rjx081
We report a case of a 53-year-old male who presented with acute onset right upper quadrant (RUQ) abdominal pain with investigations demonstrating malrotation causing midgut volvulus and subsequent intestinal obstruction. The patient was consented for an emergent operation and underwent an exploratory laparotomy. Operative findings included the presence of adhesive bands in the RUQ (Ladd's Band), volvulus of the mid-portion of the small bowel in a clockwise fashion and multiple intra-abdominal adhesions causing internal hernias. We subsequently performed a Ladd's procedure and the patient had an uneventful recovery with eventual discharge on postoperative day 8. This case report reviews the incidence of malrotation in adults. It also highlights the difficulty in diagnosing midgut volvulus in the adult population given the nonspecific, insidious symptoms therefore prompting awareness of its existence and a high degree of clinical suspicion.

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