Small bowel and colon perforation

Carlos V R Brown

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For patients with small bowel and colonic perforations, a definitive diagnosis of the cause of perforation is not necessary before operation. Bowel obstruction and inflammatory bowel disease are the most common causes of nontraumatic intestinal perforations in industrialized countries, whereas infectious causes of intestinal perforations are more common in developing countries. Treatment of small bowel and colonic perforations generally includes intravenous antibiotics and fluid resuscitation, but the specific management of the bowel depends on the underlying cause of the perforation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-475
Number of pages5
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Colon
  • Intestine
  • Large bowel
  • Perforation
  • Peritonitis
  • Pneumoperitoneum
  • Small bowel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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