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Diagnostic significance of multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) in patients with small bowel obstruction: a meta-analysis

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To assess the diagnostic value of multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) in small bowel obstruction (SBO) patients.


Relevant literature was searched from the Cochrane Library, Pubmed and Embase. The extracted effective data was calculated using the Meta-Disc 1.4 software; statistical heterogeneity was evaluated using Cochran’s Q test and I2.


A total of five articles were selected for the meta-analysis. In addition, the pooled sensitivity, specificity, positive likelihood ratio (PLR), negative likelihood ratio (NLR), as well as the diagnostic odds ratio (DOR) were 0.878 (95% CI 0.822–0.921), 0.807 (95% CI 0.753–0.854), 8.137 (95% CI 2.268–29.192), 0.127 (95% CI 0.040–0.4078) and 72.384 (95% CI 10.841–483.31), respectively. Furthermore, the AUC was 0.9648 with the Q of 0.9116.


The data suggest that MDCT is an effective method for diagnosis of SBO.

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This study was funded by The Social Development Fund of Nantong (Grant number MS32019013 and HS2019002); The Fifth Round of the “Programme 226” of Nantong (Grant number CPCNT ODMC 2017027); Young Medical Talents Fund of Nantong (Grant number WKZL2018017, QA2019007 and QA2019008); Jiangsu Provincial Key Medical Talents Program for Youth (Grant number QNRC2016404); and The Clinical Fund of Nantong University (Grant number 2019LZ002).

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Conception and design of the research: BH; acquisition of data: FC, JZ2; analysis and interpretation of data: BH, MS; statistical analysis: JX, JY; obtaining funding: BH, JY, MS; drafting the manuscript: JZ1, RC; revision of manuscript for important intellectual content: JY, JS. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

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Zhou, J., Cong, R., Shi, J. et al. Diagnostic significance of multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) in patients with small bowel obstruction: a meta-analysis. Jpn J Radiol 38, 458–462 (2020).

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