Intestinal Malrotation in infants is an abnormality in the position of the intestines, occuring while still in utero. Nearly half (40%) of cases present within the first week of life, with the majority of the rest of cases being diagnosed before one year of age. Intestinal Malrotation is a serious condition that must be treated with surgery.
What is Intestinal Malrotation?
As the digestive system is being formed in utero, the intestines make a series of moves and turns, starting out as a straight tube from the stomach to the rectum. By the end of the gestational period, the intestines should have made two turns, and ended up in the proper position. When they don’t, the result is Intestinal Malrotation, which can result in a condition called Volvulus. Volvulus is when the intestine is so twisted, the blood supply is cut off, and/or an intestinal blockage occurs.
Symptoms of Intestinal Malrotation in Infants
- Abdominal distension
- Vomiting green or yellow bile
- Pulling up legs
- Rapid heart rate and breathing
- bloody stools
If your baby is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it is important that you see a physician immediately. Intestinal Malrotation and Volvulus are serious conditions that must be treated as soon as possible.