Which lab studies are performed in the workup 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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Laboratory tests include a complete blood count (CBC) with differential and a comprehensive metabolic profile. An elevated white blood cell (WBC) count and left shift indicate bowel ischemia, peritoneal infection, or systemic sepsis. Bowel obstruction may cause significant changes in electrolyte levels.


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