Impact of early recognition on outcome in nonpenetrating wounds of the small bowel.

During a recent ten-year period, 20 patients were treated for nonpenetrating, small-bowel trauma requiring resection. Despite the relative infrequency of this injury, jejunoileal trauma must be suspected in all patients sustaining blunt force to the abdomen. Physical signs suggesting major intra-abdominal wounds usually occur at admission or immediately… CONTINUE READING