Malrotation: Current strategies navigating the radiologic diagnosis of a surgical emergency

World J Radiol. 2014 Sep 28;6(9):730-6. doi: 10.4329/wjr.v6.i9.730.


The most accurate and practical imaging algorithm for the diagnosis of intestinal malrotation can be a complex and sometimes controversial topic. Since 1900, significant advances have been made in the radiographic assessment of infants and children suspected to have anomalies of intestinal rotation. We describe the current methods of abdominal imaging of malrotation along with their pros and cons. When associated with volvulus, malrotation is a true surgical emergency requiring rapid diagnosis and treatment. We emphasize the importance of close cooperation and communication between radiology and surgery to perform an effective and efficient diagnostic evaluation allowing prompt surgical decision making.

Keywords: Heterotaxy; Infant; Ladd; Malrotation; Midgut volvulus; Treitz.

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