Ultrasound for Small Bowel Obstruction–Video and Web Resources

The following is from the brief and excellent article Resource (1) below:

Point-of-care ultrasound helps the acute care physician answer the following questions:

  1.   Is the bowel obstructed?
  2.  What is the type of obstruction (mechanical or functional)?
  3.  Where is the site of the obstruction?
  4.  What is the cause of the obstruction?
  5. Is the bowel necrotic and does the patient need emergency surgery?
  6. What is the clinical progress in patients treated conservatively? (1)

Ultrasound for Small Bowel Obstruction, by Dr. Tahisha Nicole Tolbert & Dr. Eitan Dickman is an excellent nine minute Vimeo video (July 2, 2013) of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). There are a total of twenty-three ultrasound videos on Vimeo from the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound of the SAEM.

A one minute YouTube video with examples of small bowel obstruction on ultrasound: Bedside Emergency Ultrasound Case: Small Bowel Obstruction

Another excellent one minute YouTube video: Small Bowel Obstruction Ultrasound from One Minute Ultrasound.

What follows are some slides from Ultrasound for Small Bowel Obstruction above:







Additionl Resources:

(1) The role of ultrasound in the management of intestinal obstruction.       [PubMed Abstract] [Full Text HTML] J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2012 Jan-Mar; 5(1): 84–86.

(2) Transabdominal ultrasonography of the small bowel.                                             [PubMed Abstract] [Full Text HTML] [Full Text PDF] Gastroenterol Res Pract. 2013;2013:896704. doi: 10.1155/2013/896704. Epub 2013 Nov 19.

(3) An outstanding but very basic eleven minute YouTube video review Small Bowel Obstruction.


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