Management of Postoperative Ileus

  • Igor G. Elyash


Postoperative ileus is a clinical impediment of bowel function after recent surgical intervention with many different causative factors. It is characterized by symptoms similar to a mechanical bowel obstruction, and it is important to differentiate between the two. Management is usually supportive in nature and involves identification and treatment of the underlying cause. Prolonged ileus requires a thorough diagnostic investigation and, very rarely, surgical intervention.


Ileus Postoperative ileus Obstruction Bowel disease Motility disorder Postoperative complications 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Igor G. Elyash
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  1. 1.Morristown Surgical Associates, Morristown Medical CenterMorristownUSA

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