Sumary of Study describes new procedure that successfully treated patients with congenital intestinal malrotation:
- The study, published in the Annals of Surgery, also defines the disease presentation in both children and adults, identifies the patients at risk of intestinal loss, and assesses the long-term outcomes after different surgical interventions.
- Congenital intestinal malrotation, also known as gut malrotation, can cause the small and large intestines to twist, which potentially can lead to the development of life-threatening complications.
- Most seriously, twisted intestines — known as volvulus — often result in loss of most of the small bowel and half of the colon with the need for long-term intravenous nutrition.
- (Most of the patients who received intestinal and multivisceral transplantation as part of the study were children, including infants.
- ” This study also shows that more awareness about intestinal malrotation is needed to proactively treat the disorder and prevent its potentially life-threatening complications.
- “Overlooked symptoms or misdiagnosis can result in a delay to receive life-changing care,” said Dr. Abu-Elmagd.
- “Therefore, it is important to diagnose the congenital disorder early in life — possibly with increased efforts to establish perinatal screening programs — so patients can receive an effective surgical treatment in a timely manner to prevent volvulus and save their gut.