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Small bowel resection - series—Indications

Indications

Overview

Resection of the small bowel may be recommended for:

  • Blockage of the intestine (intestinal obstruction) due to scar tissue or deformities
  • Bleeding, infection, or ulcers due to inflammation of the small intestine (regional ileitis, regional enteritis, Crohn's disease)
  • Injuries
  • Cancer
  • Precancerous polyps

Review Date 3/12/2019

Updated by: Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, general surgery practice specializing in breast cancer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.