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  • Incomplete rotation and fixation of intestine during embryogenesis during transition from extracolonic position during week 10 of gestation
  • Risk factor:
    • Heterotaxia syndromes
  • Associated conditions:
    • Gastrointestinal anomalies:
      • Duodenal stenosis, atresia, web
      • Meckel diverticulum
      • Intussusception
      • Gastroesophageal reflux
      • Omphalocele or gastroschisis
      • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
      • Abdominal wall defect
      • Hirschsprung disease
    • Metabolic acidosis
    • Congenital cardiac anomalies; present in 27% of patients with malrotation; increases morbidity to 61%


  • Duodenojejunal junction remains right of midline
  • Cecum remains in the upper left abdomen with abnormal mesenteric attachments
  • Volvulus is complication of malrotation when small bowel rotates around superior mesenteric artery and vein resulting in vascular compromise to midgut
  • Abnormal anatomy predisposes to obstruction and other conditions
  • Usually found in combination with other congenital anomalies (70%): Cardiac, esophageal, urinary, anal
  • Epidemiology:
    • 1 in 500 live births
    • High mortality in infants: Up to 24%
    • Necrotic bowel at surgery increases mortality by 25×.
    • Incidence:
      • In neonates, male-to-female ratio 2:1
      • 75% diagnosed newborn period
      • 90% diagnosed by age 1 yr of life
      • Can present during adulthood

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Rosen, Peter, et al., editors. "Malrotation." 5-Minute Emergency Consult, 5th ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2016. Emergency Central, emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307276/all/Malrotation.
Malrotation. In: Rosen P, Shayne P, Barkin AZ, et al, eds. 5-Minute Emergency Consult. 5th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2016. https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307276/all/Malrotation. Accessed April 24, 2019.
Malrotation. (2016). In Rosen, P., Shayne, P., Barkin, A. Z., Wolfe, R. E., Hayden, S. R., Barkin, R. M., & Schaider, J. J. (Eds.), 5-Minute Emergency Consult. Available from https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307276/all/Malrotation
Malrotation [Internet]. In: Rosen P, Shayne P, Barkin AZ, Wolfe RE, Hayden SR, Barkin RM, Schaider JJ, editors. 5-Minute Emergency Consult. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2016. [cited 2019 April 24]. Available from: https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307276/all/Malrotation.
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