The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 59–69 | Cite as

Diagnosis of bowel obstruction

  • Louis T. Palumbo
  • Thomas C. Glenchur


The over-all management of bowel obstructions including early diagnosis, has been improved considerably during the past 10 years. Early restoration of fluid and electrolyte losses, blood replacement, antibiotic therapy, early nasogastro-intestinal decompression, and prompt operative intervention (when indicated) have all contributed immeasurably to the reduction of the morbidity and mortality rates. The frequent and careful evaluation of each case plays an important part in arriving at an accurate diagnosis, which aids in the choice between conservative management or surgical intervention.

The various laboratory and roentgenographic studies now employed contribute a great deal toward an early and correct diagnosis. Proper interpretation of these studies, in conjunction with good clinical judgment and experience, will bring about more successful results in the problem of bowel obstruction.


Public Health Mortality Rate Early Diagnosis Antibiotic Therapy Conservative Management 
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© Paul B. Hoeber, Inc., Medical Book Department of Harper & Brothers 1956

Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis T. Palumbo
    • 1
  • Thomas C. Glenchur
    • 1
  1. 1.From the Department of SurgeryVeterans Administration CenterDes Moines

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