Distinction between postoperative ileus and mechanical small-bowel obstruction: value of CT compared with clinical and other radiographic findings.

@article{Frager1995DistinctionBP,
  title={Distinction between postoperative ileus and mechanical small-bowel obstruction: value of CT compared with clinical and other radiographic findings.},
  author={David H. Frager and Jeanne W. Baer and Allen Rothpearl and Philip Bossart},
  journal={AJR. American journal of roentgenology},
  year={1995},
  volume={164 4},
  pages={891-4}
}
OBJECTIVE The expeditious diagnosis of complete and partial mechanical small-bowel obstruction, as opposed to paralytic ileus, during the immediate postoperative period may be difficult on the basis of clinical and plain film radiographic findings. For this reason, we prospectively evaluated the use of CT in this setting and compared it with the clinical and plain film evaluations as well as with various contrast examinations. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Thirty-six postoperative patients with signs… CONTINUE READING
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