Acute colonic obstruction

Quan P. Ly, James A. Edney

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There are many causes of colonic obstruction ranging from anatomic to physiologic etiologies (Table 28.1). The type of obstructions also differ depend on region. In the United States, the most common cause of adult colonic obstruction is colorectal cancer, whereas in Russia and Africa, colonic volvulus is much more common. Clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management differ depending on the etiology; however, the initial assessment of the patient is similar regardless.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCommon Problems in Acute Care Surgery
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781461461234
ISBN (Print)1461461227, 9781461461227
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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