‘Clinical features alone’ sufficient to assess need for small bowel obstruction surgery

Although CT imaging remains standard of care for determining surgical management needs for small bowel obstruction, clinical features alone performed equally well and with greater accuracy, according to data published in JAMA Network Open.
“Currently, computed tomography (CT) is the criterion standard for diagnosing [small bowel obstruction (SBO)] management,” Sara Schulwolf, BA, a medical student at UConn School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “However, practice variation exists due to a lack of definitive operative radiographic findings for SBO. We compared the ability

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