Intestinal volvulus is a life-threatening emergency requiring prompt surgical management. Prenatal intestinal volvulus is rare, and most are secondary to intestinal atresia, mesenteric defect or without any underlying cause. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is known to cause digestive tract disorders. After birth, 10–15% of newborns with CF may develop intestinal obstruction within a few days of birth because of meconial ileus.1 This obstruction is a result of dehydrated thickened meconium obstructing the intestinal lumen. We report two cases of fetuses with prenatal diagnosis of segmental volvulus in whom CF was diagnosed.
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Contributors TC and YC have written about the surgeries performed. NM performed the prenatal evaluation and has written about the same. CC wrote about the genetic information.
Competing interests None declared.
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