Cecal volvulus: See: Volvulus.
The term is a misnomer because, in most patients with cecal volvulus, the torsion is located in the ascending colon above the ileocecal valve.
The term volvulus is derived from the Latin word which means to twist.
Volvulus refers to torsion of a segment of the alimentary tract, which often leads to bowel obstruction. The most common sites of volvulus are the sigmoid colon and cecum.
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Discussion of Cecal volvulus. Volvulus of the cecum is a torsion of the bowel around its own mesentery that often results in a closed-loop obstruction.