Acute Gastric Volvulus in a 16-Year-Old Male Adolescent: A Case Report

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Department of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine

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Digestive System Diseases | Emergency Medicine | Gastroenterology | Pediatrics


OBJECTIVE: We described a case of acute mesenteroaxial gastric volvulus in a male adolescent who presented to the pediatric emergency department (ED).

CASE: A previously healthy male adolescent presented to the pediatric ED with gradual onset of epigastric pain, emesis, and a soft and nondistended abdomen. After evaluation, management, and resolution of the pain, the patient was discharged home with a primary care follow-up plan. Approximately 5 hours after discharge, the patient returned to the pediatric ED with worsening abdominal pain, the inability to tolerate oral intake, and a firm and distended abdomen. Subsequent evaluation identified an acute mesenteroaxial gastric volvulus. Pediatric surgeons performed an exploratory laparotomy, reduction of the gastric volvulus, and gastropexy, and the patient was discharged after a brief hospitalization.

CONCLUSIONS: Acute gastric volvulus can present with symptoms similar to benign abdominal etiologies. Timely diagnosis and intervention are key to improved outcomes for patients.

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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2015 May 25. Link to article on publisher's site

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Pediatric emergency care

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