Small bowel volvulus in pregnancy with associated superior mesenteric artery occlusion

Yonah B. Esterson, Robert Villani, Ronald A. Dela Cruz, Barak Friedman, Gregory M. Grimaldi

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Here we report the case of a pregnant 28-year-old who presented with acute upper abdominal pain. CT demonstrated midgut volvulus with short segment occlusion of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA). Emergent detorsion of the small bowel was performed, at which time underlying intestinal malrotation was discovered. Following detorsion, the SMA had a bounding pulse and did not require thrombectomy or revascularization. Fewer than 25 cases of midgut volvulus during pregnancy have been reported over the past 20 years. To our knowledge, this is the first report of maternal midgut volvulus in which imaging captures the resultant occlusion of the SMA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)228-231
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Imaging
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Mesenteric ischemia
  • Midgut volvulus
  • Pregnancy
  • Small bowel volvulus
  • Superior mesenteric artery occlusion
  • Third trimester

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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