The utility of computed tomography in acute small bowel obstruction

Clin Radiol. 2001 May;56(5):350-9. doi: 10.1053/crad.2000.0655.


Small bowel obstruction is a significant cause of acute surgical admissions. Surgeons are tending to favour an initial trial of conservative management. Due to the unreliability of clinical signs to predict accurately those patients requiring early intervention there is an increasing tendency to utilize imaging investigations, particularly computed tomography (CT), to help define the severity, cause and complications of acute small bowel obstruction. The aim of this pictorial review is to demonstrate the contribution CT can make to the management of these patients. Burkill, G. J. C., Bell, J. R. G. & Healy, J. C. (2001). Clinical Radiology56, 350-359.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Obstruction / diagnostic imaging*
  • Intestinal Obstruction / etiology
  • Intestine, Small / blood supply
  • Intestine, Small / diagnostic imaging*
  • Ischemia / diagnostic imaging
  • Ischemia / etiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods