Twisted bowels describe a condition where an individual's large or small intestine twists abnormally. Adults are more likely to have a sigmoid volvulus or a twist that occurs in their large intestine, where children are more likely to experience a twist in their small intestine. Children develop twisted bowels when there is an issue with how the intestines form that causes them to establish in the incorrect location in the abdomen. An enlarged colon, Hirschsprung's disease, narrow colon base connection, pregnancy, abdominal adhesions, detached colon, and chronic constipation can cause twisted bowels to occur in an adult. When an individual's bowels become twisted, the flow of food through them can become obstructed at the site of the twist. This is referred to as a volvulus precipitated bowel obstruction. Emergency surgery is required to re-open the bowel and restore blood flow to the twisted region of the intestine.
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