Traumatic small bowel obstruction

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Famer hit in lower abdomen by a water buffalo. Increasing abdominal pain past 4 hours. Rigid abdomen.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

Moderate volume scattered foci of pneumoperitoneum.

Small amount of pelvic free fluid.

Several foci of gas along the right lateral side wall, suggests a small bowel perforation in the distal jejunum/proximal ileum is most likely.

Large bowel unremarkable.

Case Discussion

Traumatic small bowel injuries are not terribly common and as in this case often occur in the context of blunt abdominal trauma. The cause of the trauma in this case is even less common.

This patient underwent an emergency laparotomy which identified a 1 cm perforation in the distal jejunum.

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Case information

rID: 53966
Published: 22nd Jun 2017
Last edited: 26th Feb 2020
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