Intestinal malrotation and midgut volvulus

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard


Bilious vomiting. Unwell.

Patient Data

Age: 13 days
Gender: Male

Abdominal x-ray

Abdominal xrays demonstrates prominent gastric outline with little distal intraluminal gas.


Lateral cross-table abdominal x-ray

Lateral cross-table shoot through demonstrates no evidence of free intraabdominal gas.


Barium meal

Barium meal demonstrates malrotation, with the DJ flexure not visible, and certainly not located to the left of the mid line. Rather the small bowel passes directly inferiorly from the second part of the duodenum with are helical path. 

Case Discussion

This child went on to have a laparotomy. Fortunately his bowel was not infarcted, and he made an uncomplicated recovery. Everyone likes a happy ending. 

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Case information

rID: 7909
Published: 22nd Dec 2009
Last edited: 1st Jan 2021
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