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VOLUME 26 , ISSUE 6 ( June, 2022 ) > List of Articles


Postoperative Adhesive Small Bowel Obstruction Presenting as Acute Urinary Retention

Syed Ahmed Zaki, Dinesh Banur, Nazima Chaudhary, Sleiman Gebran

Keywords : Adhesion, Constipation, Ileal dilatation, Small bowel obstruction, Urinary incontinence, Urinary retention

Citation Information : Zaki SA, Banur D, Chaudhary N, Gebran S. Postoperative Adhesive Small Bowel Obstruction Presenting as Acute Urinary Retention. Indian J Crit Care Med 2022; 26 (6):739-741.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24259

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 20-06-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Postoperative adhesions are commonly seen after most abdominal surgeries. The majority of patients with intra-abdominal adhesions remain asymptomatic; however, some patients may develop symptoms ranging from mild abdominal pain to sometimes life-threatening complications. The most severe complication seen in association with postoperative adhesions is small bowel obstruction (SBO). This complication is rarely seen in the pediatric age-group. Adhesions have the potential to cause bowel obstruction. In addition, they can also affect the normal intestinal motility and transit leading to constipation. Several studies reported in literature show a strong association between constipation and the urinary disorders, such as incontinence and urinary urgency. We herein report a case of a boy who developed adhesive SBO with segmental ileal dilatation leading to constipation, urinary symptoms, and finally presenting to our hospital as acute urinary retention.

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