How is a simple small-bowel obstruction (SBO) differentiated from an early strangulated obstruction?

Updated: Apr 28, 2017
  • Author: Mityanand Ramnarine, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Steven C Dronen, MD, FAAEM  more...
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Answer

No reliable physical examination method exists to differentiate simple from early strangulated obstruction. Serial abdominal examinations are important and may detect changes early.


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