South African Journal of Surgery
On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
Print version ISSN 0038-2361
TOGO, A. et al. Sigmoid volvulus in pregnancy. S. Afr. j. surg. [online]. 2011, vol.49, n.4, pp.204-205. ISSN 2078-5151.
A 27-year-old woman, gravida 1, was seen at our surgical emergency department with abdominal pain at 25 weeks' gestation. She had pain, nausea and vomiting, a temperature of 37°C and a blood pressure of 100/70 mmHg. The cervix was closed, and an ultrasound scan showed a normal single fetus. A plain abdominal radiograph showed distension of the colon and a sigmoid volvulus. At emergency laparotomy, non-gangrenous sigmoid colon was resected with primary anastomosis. There were no complications, and 4 months later the patient delivered a healthy infant. Early diagnosis of sigmoid volvulus in pregnancy and prompt intervention minimise maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality.