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Acute colonic pseudo‐obstruction. BJS 2009; 96: 229-239.

Published: 17th February 2009

Authors: R. De Giorgio, C. H. Knowles


Acute colonic pseudo‐obstruction is characterized by clinical and radiological evidence of acute large bowel obstruction in the absence of a mechanical cause. The condition usually affects elderly people with underlying co‐morbidities, and early recognition and appropriate management are essential to reduce the occurrence of life‐threatening complications.


A part‐systematic review was conducted. This was based on key publications focusing on advances in management.

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