What are the indications for surgical intervention in patients with cecal volvulus?

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: Scott C Thornton, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Radiologic diagnoses of cecal volvulus or cecal bascule are also generally considered indications for surgical intervention because the obstruction in these conditions cannot be reliably reduced with colonoscopy. However, there is some controversy on this point; the increasing number of reports citing successful detorsion of cecal volvulus suggest that in stable patients, a single attempt at colonoscopic decompression is reasonable.


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