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Hosp Med. 2002 Feb;63(2):104-7.

Acute intestinal obstruction: diagnosis and management.

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Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow HA1 3UJ.

Abstract

In acute intestinal obstruction, the clinician must distinguish between acute small bowel obstruction (ASBO) and acute colonic obstruction (ACO). In cases of ASBO, management depends on whether the patient has had previous abdominal surgery. Most cases of ACO require surgery, although mechanical causes must be distinguished from pseudo-obstruction for different management techniques.

PMID:
11902080
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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