Teenager with abdominal pain

CT of small bowel volvulus around mesenteric cyst
Two contiguous axial images from a CT with contrast of the abdomen show a whirlpool sign of swirling of the mesenteric vessels (above left) around a round low density structure just to the left of the spine (above right). Another axial image from the same exam (below left) shows a normal relationship of the superior mesenteric vein to the right of the superior mesenteric artery although both appear to be shifted to the left. AP image from a subsequent upper GI (below right) shows normal position of the ligament of Treitz in the left upper quadrant.

The diagnosis was small bowel volvulus around a mesenteric cyst. There was no evidence of malrotation or midgut volvulus.