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Intestinal Obstruction in Africa

Obafemi Awolowo University Medical Students’ Association
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  • Biology
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Intestinal obstruction is a common presentation for which safe and effective management depends on a rapid and accurate diagnosis. It is a surgical emergency and the understanding of its pathophysiology is central to appreciating the principles of its management. Conventional radiographs remain the first line of imaging but enteroclysis, CT, MRI and ultrasound are becoming increasingly used. Each imaging has its own limitations. When the obstruction is partial and of a benign aetiology, up to 85% may resolve with non-operative treatment while in other instances surgical operation remains the only option for resolution,1although poor outcomes are still reported from many centers in Nigeria. IFEMED Journal Vol. 14 (1) 2008: pp. 71-74

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