Colonic Volvulus



A description of colonic volvulus occurs in the Ebers Papyrus, the world’s oldest medical document circa 1500 BC [1]. Notwithstanding thousands of years of experience, its management can at first appear somewhat controversial (Table 31.1). Its relative rarity (1.7 per 100,000 per year in UK) [2] and the fact that it often affects elderly, psychiatric, and institutionalized patients [3] may have made it an unfavorable subject for study. However, despite these limitations, there is now sufficient published data to make evidence-based management decisions in most cases.


Primary Anastomosis Sigmoid Colectomy Sigmoid Volvulus Flatus Tube Rigid Sigmoidoscope 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Colorectal SurgeryNorthern General Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustSheffieldUK

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