Malrotation occurs when the intestines fail to rotate and fix properly during pregnancy. A malrotation is most often found in newborns but physicians
have diagnosed children and even adults with the disorder after failing to diagnose it at birth.
Malrotation, affecting about 1 in 2000 newborns, may be fatal if a volvulus forms. A volvulus is an abnormal twisting of the intestine in such a way that an obstruction forms possibly cutting off the blood supply to the intestines. Symptoms include, but may not be limited to, nausea, vomiting (green or yellow in color because of bile stains) and severe abdomen pain. Emergency surgery is usually necessary if a volvulus is discovered.
Failure to diagnose or an undue delay in diagnosis may be medical malpractice
. Medical treatment should be immediate if symptoms appear.
- Children's Health Matters: Overview