Rapid Review: Small Bowel Obstruction

March 30, 2017

Reviewed January 2024

Small Bowel Obstruction

  • History of prior abdominal or pelvic surgery
  • Bilious vomiting
  • PE may show high-pitched bowel sounds
  • X-ray will show dilated bowel, air fluid levels, stack of coins or string of pearls sign
  • Diagnosis is made by imaging
  • Treatment is NPO, IVF, NGT, surgery

By Adam Rosh

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