Delayed Presentation of Sigmoid Volvulus in a Young Woman
- Author(s): Weingrow, Daniel;
- McCague, Andrew;
- Shah, Ravi;
- Lalezarzadeh, Fariborz
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5811/westjem.2011.4.6720
Volvulus is an unusual condition in Western countries, generally isolated to elderly patients with multiple comorbidities. This report describes an unusual case of a very large gangrenous sigmoid volvulus in a young, otherwise healthy 25-year-old female. A review of the diagnosis and management is subsequently described. Without a consideration of the atypical demographics for sigmoid volvulus, the case illustrates the potential morbidity due to a delayed diagnosis. Early identification and management are crucial in treating sigmoid volvulus before the appearance of gangrene and necrosis, thereby avoiding further complications and associated mortality. [West J Emerg Med. 2012; 13(1):100–102.]