What is the result of a complete sigmoid or cecal volvulus?

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: Scott C Thornton, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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A complete volvulus leads to the development of a closed-loop obstruction of the affected colonic segment. Increased dilation of the bowel loop compromises the vascular supply of the bowel, eventually leading to ischemic gangrene and bowel wall perforation.


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