ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Original Article
Serum Potassium Levels in Sigmoid Volvulus
1 Atatürk University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of General Surgery, Erzurum, Turkey  
2 Ataturk University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry, Erzurum, Turkey  
Eurasian J Med 2009; 41: 143-145

Key Words: Sigmoid colon, Volvulus, Potassium


Objective: This study aimed to determine the serum potassium concentrations in patients with sigmoid volvulus (SV), which is a rare large bowel obstruction.


Materials and Methods: The records of 86 patients with SV were reviewed retrospectively, while the records of 41 patients diagnosed with obstructive rectosigmoid cancer (ORC) were considered as the control group and as such, served as a source for comparison.

Results: The analysis revealed a mean serum potassium concentration of 3.9 ± 0.6 mEq/L for the patients with SV, while the mean potassium concentration was 3.9 ± 0.5 mEq/L for the patients diagnosed with ORC (t:0.1, P>0.05). The number of hypokalemic and hyperkalemic patients identified in this study sample were 11 versus 5 patients and 1 versus 0 patients, respectively for the SV and ORC groups (x2 = 0.1 and 0.5, respectively with a P>0.05).

Conclusions: No cause-and-effect relationship was observed between the serum potassium concentrations and SV. The serum potassium concentration is not pathognomonic for SV.

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