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WSC in Adhesive small bowel obstruction

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Marco Ceresoli, Federico Coccolini, Fausto Catena, Giulia Montori, Salomone Di Saverio, Massimo Sartelli, Luca Ansaloni
BACKGROUND: Adhesive small bowel obstructions are the most common postoperative causes of hospitalization. Several studies investigated the diagnostic and therapeutic role of water-soluble contrast agent (WSCA) in predicting the need for surgery, but there is no consensus. METHODS: A systematic review and meta-analysis was done of studies on diagnostic and therapeutic role of oral WSCA. RESULTS: WSCA had a sensitivity of 92% and a specificity of 93% in predicting resolution of obstruction without surgery; diagnostic accuracy increased significantly if abdominal X-rays were taken after 8 hours...
June 2016: American Journal of Surgery
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