Clin Colon Rectal Surg 2021; 34(04): 219-226
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1725204
Review Article

Small Bowel Obstruction

Allison A. Aka
1   Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery, AdventHealth Orlando, Orlando, Florida
Jesse P. Wright
1   Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery, AdventHealth Orlando, Orlando, Florida
Teresa DeBeche-Adams
1   Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery, AdventHealth Orlando, Orlando, Florida
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Small bowel obstruction (SBO) remains a common problem for surgeons and nonsurgeons alike. Management of SBO has shifted from primarily being surgical to a nonoperative approach, which can be attributed to a multitude of reasons, including better understanding of the pathophysiology of SBO, the advent of laparoscopy, and improvement in diagnostic imaging. But given the nature of SBO, the need for surgical consultation continues to remain a necessity. This article will review the etiology, diagnosis, and management of SBO.

Publication History

Article published online:
20 July 2021

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