As the mean age of our population rises, there will be an expected rise in the incidence of large bowel obstruction (LBO). Prompt diagnosis and treatment of LBO can result in a decrease in morbidity and mortality from this disease process. Signs, symptoms, physical exam, and x-ray findings must be evaluated and interpreted together to accurately diagnose and manage the problem.
KeywordsBowel Preparation Primary Anastomosis Emergent Laparotomy Large Bowel Obstruction Sigmoid Volvulus
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