Small bowel (small intestine)
Obstruction
Adhesions

Author: Hanni Gulwani, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 15 February 2018, last major update August 2012

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PubMed Search: Adhesions[TI] small bowel[TIAB]

Cite this page: Gulwani, H. Adhesions. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/smallboweladhesions.html. Accessed July 22nd, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Adhesions develop between bowel segments or abdominal wall and operative site
  • May create internal herniations (closed loops through which viscera slide)
  • Rarely adhesions are congenital
Etiology
  • Postoperative, infections, endometriosis
Clinical images

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Adhesions between loops of small intestine