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Transverse colon volvulus in a patient with sickle cell disease
  1. Hussain Adnan Abdulla1,
  2. Eman Hamza2 and
  3. Ali Dhaif1
  1. 1 Department of Surgery, Salmaniya Medical Complex, Manama, Bahrain
  2. 2 Department of General Surgery, King Hamad University Hospital, Busaiteen, Bahrain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Hussain Adnan Abdulla, hussainaabdulla{at}


Although colonic volvulus is a relatively rare cause of large bowel obstruction, accounting for up to 5% of all cases of intestinal obstruction, transverse colon volvulus is extremely uncommon compared with volvulus of the sigmoid colon or caecum and is responsible for only 3% of all reported cases. We report an unusual case of spontaneous volvulus of the transverse colon in a young man with sickle cell disease who underwent resection with primary anastamosis. Having a high index of suspicion and early operative intervention allowed for this patient to have an uneventful postoperative course.

  • surgery
  • general surgery
  • sickle cell disease
  • gastrointestinal surgery

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  • Contributors HAA participated in the management of the patient in the case report and the preparation of the manuscript. EH participated in the preparation of the manuscript. AD participated in the clinical management of the patient and editing of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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