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Malrotation is an abnormality in which the intestine does not form in the correct way in the abdomen. It occurs early in the pregnancy (around the tenth week) and develops when the intestine fails to coil into the proper position in the abdomen. One of the earliest signs of malrotation is abdominal pain and cramping caused by the inability of the bowel to push food past the obstruction. Other symptoms of malrotation may include:
• Frequent vomiting, often green or yellow-green in color
• A swollen, firm abdomen
• Pale color
• Poor appetite
• Little or no urine (due to fluid loss)
• Infrequent bowel movements
• Blood in the stools
• Lethargy (showing little energy)
HOW IS MALROTATION DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same would be done by a general physician who would notice your symptoms and also do a radiography. In most cases the problem is diagnosed right after birth.
HOW IS MALROTATION TREATED?
General surgeons may perform an emergency laparotomy for acutely ill patients affected by Malrotation. Treatment for Malrotation aims at correcting the rotation of the bowel, cutting the fibrous bands over the duodenum and widening the mesenteric pedicle that separates the duodenum and cecum
DID YOU KNOW?
The condition occurs in about 1 in 500 births in the US. Some kids with malrotation never experience complications and are never diagnosed.