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Intestinal Obstructions

Adrian P. Ireland B.A.(mod), M.B. , M.Ch., FRCS(I).


This short chapter is a quick review of intestinal obstruction for final year medical students.

I will discuss; a definition, review the basics of intestinal obstruction (pathophysiology, causes), explain what to look for in the history and on clinical examination, outline a differential diagnosis, give some information on investigation and treatment. I will also outline a clinically useful algorithm to go through when you encounter a patient with possible intestinal obstruction.

As usual, look to your textbooks and your patients for more information on this important topic.

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Adrian P. Ireland