What are the potential complications and associated contributing factors of small-bowel obstruction (SBO)?

Updated: Apr 28, 2017
  • Author: Mityanand Ramnarine, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Steven C Dronen, MD, FAAEM  more...
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Complications of SBO also depend on the severity of the condition, the patient's age, the presence of comorbities and, often, the duration of symptoms/signs, and include the following:

  • Sepsis: Due to translocation of intestinal bacteria from tissue breakdown

  • Intra-abdominal abscess

  • Wound dehiscence

  • Aspiration

  • Short-bowel syndrome (as a result of multiple surgeries)

  • Disability and death (secondary to delayed treatment)


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