Small Bowel Obstruction
Small bowel obstruction is a common indication for surgical consultation and is most commonly the result of adhesive disease from previous surgeries. Failure to appropriately recognize bowel obstruction can have significant consequences on bowel viability and can progress to significant intestinal loss, perforation, septicemia, and even death. While the old adage to “never let the sun rise or set on a small-bowel obstruction” may be outdated with modern radiographic imaging, failure to act expeditiously on a small bowel obstruction can have significant morbidity.
KeywordsSmall bowel obstruction Adhesive bowel disease Surgical abdomen
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