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torsion of a loop of intestine, causing obstruction with or without strangulation.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
A twisting of the intestine or other structure such as in gastric volvulus causing obstruction; if left untreated may result in vascular compromise of the involved intestine or organ.
[L. volvo, to roll, L. volvaire,, to twist around]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
Abnormal twisting of the intestine causing obstruction.
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volvulusPediatric surgery A condition characterized by torsion of the large intestine, resulting in obstruction and variable loss of blood supply; malrotation of the intestine during fetal development may predispose infants to volvulus, often early in life Clinical Abrupt onset of bowel obstruction Sx–eg, N&V, bloody stools, abdominal pain, constipation, shock Management Surgical fixation. See Childhood volvulus, Malrotation.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
A twisting of the intestine that causes obstruction; if left untreated, may result in vascular compromise of the involved intestine.
[L. volvo, to roll, L. volvere,, to twist around]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
volvulusTwisting of a loop of intestine. Volvulus causes obstruction to the flow of contents and threatens occlusion of the supplying blood vessels. This will inevitably lead to GANGRENE of the affected segment of bowel unless quickly relieved by surgery. This may involve removing the affected loop of bowel and joining up the free ends.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
A twisting of the intestine that causes an obstruction.
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