Volvulus of the cecum. Report of 26 cases and review of the literature

Dis Colon Rectum. 1988 Jun;31(6):445-9. doi: 10.1007/BF02552614.


The management of cecal volvulus is controversial. From 1971 to 1986, 26 patients with cecal volvulus were treated at Malmö General Hospital. Treatment and patient follow-up are presented, together with a review of 350 patients reported in the literature during the past 15 years. Anatomic background and types of volvulus are described. Simple detorsion is an alternative in high-risk patients without gangrene, but resection is the method of choice also when there is no gangrene present.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cecal Diseases / pathology
  • Cecal Diseases / physiopathology
  • Cecal Diseases / surgery*
  • Female
  • Gangrene
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Obstruction / pathology
  • Intestinal Obstruction / physiopathology
  • Intestinal Obstruction / surgery*
  • Male