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Computed tomography of bowel obstruction: Tricks of the trade

  • Authors: Galia, M.; Agnello, F.; LA GRUTTA, L.; LO RE, G.; Cabibbo, G.; Grassedonio, E.; Gioia, B.; Sparacia, G.; LO CASTO, A.; Lagalla, R.; Midiri, M.
  • Publication year: 2015
  • Type: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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Bowel obstruction (BO) is a frequent cause of hospitalization and surgical consultation for acute abdominal pain. It is usually suspected at physical examination, but clinical and laboratory data are often nonspecific. Thus, computed tomography plays a crucial role in a correct diagnosis of BO. Indeed, computed tomography can confirm a diagnosis of BO, and identify the location and cause of the obstruction. In this review, the computed tomography appearances of common and uncommon causes of BO and pseudo-obstruction are reviewed.