Acute caecal volvulus

Br J Surg. 1980 Jan;67(1):39-41. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800670112.


Forty-one cases of acute caecal volvulus have been analysed. The diagnosis is rarely made on clinical grounds alone but plain radiography of the abdomen should suggest the diagnosis in nearly 90 per cent of cases. Prompt surgery is imperative. When the bowel is viable, simple caecopexy combined with tube caecostomy is effective in fixing and decompressing the bowel in the short term and prevents recurrence.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cecal Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Cecal Diseases / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Obstruction / diagnostic imaging*
  • Intestinal Obstruction / surgery
  • Male
  • Methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography