Small and Large Bowel Obstruction in Adults: Evidence-Based Emergency Imaging

  • Anne G. CarrollEmail author
  • Richard G. Kavanagh
  • Caoilfhionn Ni Leidhin
  • Noelle M. Cullinan
  • Samad Shah
  • Lisa P. Lavelle
  • Dermot E. Malone
Part of the Evidence-Based Imaging book series (Evidence-Based Imag.)


There are many causes of small and large bowel obstruction, which differ considerably between adults and children. That being said, in almost all cases of bowel obstruction, radiological imaging is an essential component of the diagnostic work-up, and there are many different imaging modalities to choose from. The purpose of this chapter is to critically assess the evidence behind the use of the different imaging modalities for investigating and diagnosing the different types of small and large bowel obstruction in adults. We aim to offer guidance for a rational approach to diagnostic work-up using evidence-based algorithms where available.


Small bowel obstruction Large bowel obstruction Intestinal obstruction Evidence-based imaging Closed loop obstruction Internal hernia Duodenal atresia Duodenal stenosis Jejunal atresia Ileal atresia Volvulus Malrotation Intussusception Meconium plug Meconium ileus Hirschsprung’s disease Emergency imaging Evidence-based imaging 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne G. Carroll
    • 1
    Email author
  • Richard G. Kavanagh
    • 1
  • Caoilfhionn Ni Leidhin
    • 2
  • Noelle M. Cullinan
    • 3
  • Samad Shah
    • 4
  • Lisa P. Lavelle
    • 1
  • Dermot E. Malone
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologySt. Vincent’s University HospitalDublinIreland
  2. 2.Department of RadiologySt. James’s HospitalDublinIreland
  3. 3.Department of PediatricsOur Lady’s Children’s HospitalDublinIreland
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyGeisinger Medical CenterDanvilleUSA

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