Abdominal adhesions: A practical review of an often overlooked entity

N. Tabibian, E. Swehli, A. Boyd, A. Umbreen, J. H. Tabibian

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Formation of intra-abdominal adhesions is a common consequence of abdomino-pelvic surgery, radiation therapy, and inflammatory processes. In a small but clinically significant proportion of patients, adhesive disease may develop, wherein adhesions lead to a variety of chronic symptoms such as abdominal distension, pain, nausea, and abnormal bowel movement pattern which can be daily, intermittent, or episodic. Due to the chronic and troublesome nature of these symptoms, adhesive disease may be life-altering in many patients, particularly when not recognized and appropriately addressed, as is the case not infrequently. In addition, there is a paucity of literature regarding the evaluation and management of patients with suspected abdominal adhesive disease. Therefore, in this concise review, we provide a clinically practical synopsis of the etiopathogenesis, symptoms, differential diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of abdominal adhesive disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-13
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Medicine and Surgery
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • Abdominal pain
  • Adhesiolysis
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Laparotomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Medicine(all)


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