Small bowel obstruction in the emergency department: MDCT features of common and uncommon causes

Harika Tirumani, Ravi Vassa, Najla Fasih, Vijayanadh Ojili

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Abstract

Small bowel obstruction is a common condition encountered by the radiologist in the emergency department. Though intestinal adhesions and obstructed hernias are the most common causes of acute small bowel obstruction, a variety of uncommon and rare conditions can cause acute and subacute bowel obstruction. Imaging plays a key role in the workup of bowel obstruction by identifying the cause, level, and degree of bowel obstruction. In this article, we present a comprehensive review of the multi-detector computed tomography features of common and uncommon causes of acute and subacute small bowel obstruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)580-588
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Imaging
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014

Keywords

  • Acute small bowel obstruction
  • Emergency department
  • MDCT
  • Small bowel obstruction
  • Subacute small bowel obstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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