What is the prognosis of sigmoid and cecal volvulus?

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: Scott C Thornton, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Even when volvulus is adequately treated with endoscopic decompression and surgical resection, mortality is in the range of 12-15%, according to various studies. In part, these figures reflect the poor general health of this patient population. A retrospective review of patients in Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals with sigmoid volvulus quoted a mortality of 24% for emergency procedures and a mortality of 6% for elective procedures (after decompression). [7]


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