ICU Protocols pp 305-309 | Cite as

Acute Abdominal Distension



Abdominal distension in the ICU patients occurs due to many reasons. Acute colonic pseudo-obstruction is not an uncommon cause of acute abdominal distension in this setting. This is characterized by clinical features of large bowel obstruction but without any mechanical cause. Early recognition and appropriate management are critical in minimizing the morbidity and mortality from complications.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GastroenterologyPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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