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Emergency presentations 

Emergency presentations
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Emergency presentations
Author(s):

Patrick J O’Dwyer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199571772.003.008
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date: 30 May 2020

Appendicitis 370

Meckel's diverticulum 374

Small bowel obstruction 376

Large bowel obstruction 380

Acute colonic pseudo-obstruction 384

Colonic perforation 386

Acute colonic bleeding 390

Colonic trauma 394

Rectal trauma 396

Foreign bodies 398

The first appendicectomy for appendicitis was performed by Morton in 1887 and since then it has become the most common abdominal condition requiring emergency surgery. Although the prevalence of appendicitis is decreasing, it still affects ~7% of the population of Western countries....

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