What is the role of appendectomy in the treatment of intestinal malrotation?

Updated: Dec 19, 2018
  • Author: Denis D Bensard, MD, FACS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Appendectomy is performed during operation for malrotation for 2 reasons [38] :

  • The normal anatomical placement of the appendix is disrupted when the cecum is placed in the left upper quadrant, making the diagnosis of future appendicitis challenging.
  • Dissection of the peritoneal bands causes damage to the appendiceal vessels.


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