Laparoscopic detorsion and colopexy for splenic flexure volvulus in an infant

Mikihiro Inoue, Keiichi Uchida, Kohei Otake, Aya Kawamoto, Yoshiki Okita, Junichiro Hiro, Masaki Ohi, Masato Kusunoki

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Primary splenic flexure volvulus is a rare entity. We describe the first case of splenic flexure volvulus managed by a laparoscopic approach. A previously healthy 32-month-old girl presented with constipation, appetite loss, and nonbilious vomiting of 15 days of duration. Contrast enema and 3-dimensional computed tomography revealed a "bird's beak" sign at the splenic flexure, consistent with the diagnosis of splenic flexure volvulus. Attempted detorsion during colonoscopy was unsuccessful, and a laparoscopic procedure was performed, and 180° torsion of the splenic flexure with a distal caliber change was observed. After detorsion of the volvulus, the splenic flexure and descending colon were fixed to the peritoneum. The postoperative course was uneventful, and there was no recurrence during the subsequent 16 months of follow-up. Laparoscopic colopexy is a minimally invasive and effective method of managing splenic flexure volvulus, especially in patients without an underlying disease that causes constipation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E25-E28
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 10-2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery


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