Gut 10:838-841 doi:10.1136/gut.10.10.838
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The high incidence of intestinal volvulus in Iran 1


The incidence of intestinal volvulus gleaned from the world's medical literature spread over the past seven decades supports the contention that this bowel disorder has distinct geographical predilections. Sigmoid volvulus, invariably superimposed upon a redundancy of this part of the bowel, probably results from a functional disturbance of the colon mediated perhaps by a high-residue vegetable diet. The same factors appear to hold for small bowel volvulus, though caecal volvulus occurs strictly on the basis of preexisting anatomical abnormalities.


  • 1 Presented at a meeting of the British Society of Gastroenterology, London, November 1968.