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Vol. 24 - Num. 95

Clinical Reviews

Intestinal volvulus in school-age children: an emergency care challenge

Bárbara Margarita Ochoa Fernándeza, Cristina de Miguel Cáceresb, Rosario López Lópezc, Paula García Sánchezd, Isabel González Bertolínc, María de Ceano-Vivas La Callec

aServicio de Pediatría. Hospital San Joan de Déu. Barcelona. España.
bServicio de Urgencias de Pediatría. Hospital Universitario La Paz. Madrid. España.
cServicio de Urgencias Pediátricas. Hospital Universitario La Paz. Madrid. España.
dServicio de Urgencias de Pediatría. Hospital Universitario La Paz. Madrid.  . España.

Correspondence: C de Miguel . E-mail: cristinadmc92@gmail.com

Reference of this article: Ochoa Fernández BM, de Miguel Cáceres C, López López R, García Sánchez P, González Bertolín I, de Ceano-Vivas La Calle M. Intestinal volvulus in school-age children: an emergency care challenge . Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2022;24:307-10.

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Abstract

Abdominal pain is one of the most frequent reasons for visiting paediatric emergency departments. Intestinal volvulus is an infrequent condition, but without early diagnosis and surgical treatment it has devastating consequences, and it is one of the emergencies that paediatricians must be aware of. Intestinal volvulus accounts for up to 14% short bowel syndrome cases that may require bowel transplantation. A high level of suspicion must be maintained, as the results of diagnostic tests may be nonspecific and normal results do not rule it out. Surgical intervention is the only way to confirm the diagnosis of intestinal volvulus. We present the cases of 4 patients who attended the emergency department and received a diagnosis of volvulus.

Keywords

Abdominal pain Short bowel syndrome Volvulus

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