What are possible risk factors of sigmoid volvulus in nursing homes patients?

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: Scott C Thornton, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Patients in nursing homes also commonly develop sigmoid volvulus. This association may be a manifestation of the prolonged recumbency and chronic constipation that patients in chronic care facilities experience. Not surprisingly, the excessive use of laxatives, cathartics, and enemas is highly associated with the development of sigmoid volvulus.


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