Paediatric Gangrenous Caecal Volvulus

Siboe MMW1, Omari RO1, Lakati KC2

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  2. Giddo Plaza, Nakuru

Correspondence to: Dr. Mark MW Siboe, P.O Box 73946 - 00200, Nairobi.

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Summary

Caecal volvulus though common in adults is rare in children. A 10-year-old boy presented with abdominal pain, distension, vomiting and obstipation of acute onset. An exploratory laparotomy revealed a gangrenous caecal volvulus due to an elongated and mobile right colon. This was treated by a right hemicolectomy and an ileo-transverse anastomosis. He recovered uneventfully. Caecal volvulus should be considered in cases of intestinal obstruction even in the pediatric age group.

 

Keywords: Childhood, Caecal Volvulus, intestinal obstruction, laparotomy

Ann Afr Surg. 2016;13(1):29-31

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