- In an adult, large bowel obstruction is cancer until proven otherwise.
- Key radiological features are dilated bowel loops that are peripheral, contain haustra and contain faeces.
- Tumor (usually sigmoid carcinoma)
- Volvulus (sigmoid, cecal)
- Fecal impaction
- Benign stricture (e.g. post-operative, inflammatory bowel disease)
References and Links
Textbooks and Journal Articles
- Schwartz DT, Reisdorff EJ. Emergency Radiology, McGraw-Hill 2000.
- Talley NJ, O’Connor S. Clinical Examination: A Systematic Guide to Physical Diagnosis. MacLennan and Petty. 3rd edition, 1998.