Volvulus is an uncommon cause of bowel obstruction during pregnancy. We pre
sent an unusual case in which cesarean delivery at 26 weeks of gestation wa
s complicated by volvulus of the small bowel 1 week following delivery. At
laparotomy, detorsion of the loop of the terminal ileum sufficed, and bower
resection was not required. We review the literature pertaining to volvulu
s of the bower during pregnancy and discuss recent new diagnostic imaging m
odalities for midgut volvulus, which may assist early noninvasive diagnosis
of this condition. Copyright (C) 2001 S. Karger AG, Basel.