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2023 Jan 23

World J Emerg Surg



Elective adhesiolysis for chronic abdominal pain reduces long-term risk of adhesive small bowel obstruction.


van den Beukel BAW, Toneman MK, van Veelen F, van Oud-Alblas M B, van Dongen K, Stommel MWJ, van Goor H, Ten Broek RPG
World J Emerg Surg. 2023 Jan 23; 18(1):8.
PMID: 36691000.


Selected patients with adhesion-related chronic abdominal pain can be treated effectively by adhesiolysis with the application of adhesion barriers. These patients might also have an increased risk to develop adhesive small bowel obstruction (ASBO). It is unknown how frequently these patients develop ASBO, and how elective adhesiolysis for pain impacts the risk of ASBO.