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Long tube decompression is successful in 90% of patients with adhesive small bowel obstruction.

Authors
  • Gowen, George F
Type
Published Article
Journal
The American Journal of Surgery
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2003
Volume
185
Issue
6
Pages
512–515
Identifiers
PMID: 12781876
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

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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