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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 4/7/2018

Updated by: Michael M. Phillips, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.