Radiology of small bowel obstruction: Contemporary approach and controversies

D. D.T. Maglinte, F. M. Kelvin, K. Sandrasegaran, A. Nakeeb, S. Romano, J. C. Lappas, T. J. Howard

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The radiologic workup of patients with known or suspected small bowel obstruction and the timing of surgical intervention in this complex situation have undergone considerable changes over the past two decades. The diagnosis and treatment of small bowel obstruction, a common clinical condition often associated with signs and symptoms similar to those seen in other acute abdominal disorders, continue to evolve. This article examines the changes related to the use of imaging in the diagnosis and management of patients with this potentially dangerous problem and revisits pertinent controversies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-178
Number of pages19
JournalAbdominal Imaging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005


  • Abdominal computed tomography
  • Abdominal radiography
  • Computed tomographic enteroclysis
  • Long-tube decompression
  • Nasogastric intubation
  • Small bowel obstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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