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A review of the radiological imaging modalities of non-traumatic small bowel obstruction

Narisha Maharaj, Bhugwan Singh
South African Family Practice | VOL 57, NO 3 : May/June| a4057 | DOI: | ©
Submitted: 15 April 2014 | Published: 10 July 2015

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Narisha Maharaj, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Bhugwan Singh, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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Small bowel obstruction is a common clinical presentation that presents a diagnostic conundrum. Over the last 2 decades, there has been a paradigm shift in the radiological investigation of small bowel obstruction (SBO) and in the indication for and timing of surgical intervention. Cross sectional imaging (predominantly computed tomography) has largely replaced the widespread use of radiographic small bowel follow-through studies as the imaging modality of choice for SBO. This article illustrates the current imaging modalities available for diagnosis of small bowel obstruction.

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S Afr Fam Pract 2015; DOI: /10.1080/20786190.2014.977052


Radiology of bowel obstruction;small intestinal obstruction;enteroclysis;computed tomography


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