Long tube decompression is successful in 90% of patients with adhesive small bowel obstruction.
- Published Article
The American Journal of Surgery
- Publication Date
Jun 01, 2003
For patients with SBO due to adhesions, a trial with long tube decompression for 48 to 72 hours is recommended. For those who fail a trial with the long tube, laparotomy with enterolysis or bowel resection is indicated. If the operative findings indicate a high risk for recurrent obstruction, then long tube splinting of the small bowel should be considered.
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