Chapter 20. Intestinal Obstruction

  1. Tony C. K. Tham MD, FRCP, FRCPI Consultant Gastroenterologist Head of School of Medicine2,3,
  2. John S. A. Collins MD Consultant Gastroenterologist4 and
  3. Roy M. Soetikno MD, MS Chief Associate Professor5,6
  1. Andrew B. C. Crumley MRCS Research Fellow and
  2. Robert C. Stuart MCh, FRCS (Gen) Senior Lecturer in Surgery

Published Online: 9 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch20

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

How to Cite

Crumley, A. B. C. and Stuart, R. C. (2008) Intestinal Obstruction, in Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition (eds T. C. K. Tham, J. S. A. Collins and R. M. Soetikno), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch20

Editor Information

  1. 2

    The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  2. 3

    Northern Ireland deanery, UK

  3. 4

    Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  4. 5

    GI Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA

  5. 6

    Stanford University, USA

Author Information

  1. Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146340

Online ISBN: 9781444303292



  • intestinal obstruction;
  • dynamic (mechanical) obstruction;
  • mural or intrinsic;
  • intraluminal;
  • adynamic obstruction (paralytic ileus);
  • early stages of intestinal obstruction;
  • C-reactive protein (CRP);
  • adynamic or paralytic ileus treated by conservative, nonoperative measures


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Etiology

  • History

  • Examination

  • Investigations

  • Management

  • References