Small Bowel Obstruction

  • Justin B. Maxhimer
  • Roderick M. Quiros

Small bowel obstruction (SBO) is one of the most common conditions encountered by the general surgeon. In the majority of patients a thorough history and physical exam, complemented by plain abdominal radiographs, is all that is required to make the diagnosis. Postoperative adhesions are the leading cause of SBO (70%) followed by incarcerated hernias (inguinal, femoral, incisional, or ventral). Other less likely causes include primary or metastatic tumors, intussusception, radiation enteritis, and inflammatory bowel disease.


Inflammatory Bowel Disease Small Bowel Obstruction Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Bowel Distension Plain Abdominal Radiograph 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Justin B. Maxhimer
    • 1
  • Roderick M. Quiros
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgical Oncology, Cancer Care AssociatesSt. Luke’s Hospital and Health NetworkBethlehemUSA

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