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Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal

Abstract

This review of pre- and post-operative management of six cases of small bowel perforation secondary to blunt abdominal trauma provides the opportunity to analyze the problems involved in prompt diagnosis and adequate care. Some of the possible mechanisms producing the perforation are discussed. In order to prevent undue delays in diagnosis, changes in clinical picture should warrant early surgical exploration. This avoids increased rates of mortality and prolonged morbidity.

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