Clinical and CT findings of small bowel obstruction caused by rice cakes in comparison with bezoars

AbstractPurposeRice cakes have not been recognized as a cause of small bowel obstruction (SBO) worldwide. We compared clinical and CT findings of rice cake SBO versus SBO due to bezoars, the most common cause of food-induced SBO.MethodsTwenty-four patients with rice cake SBO (n = 17) or bezoar SBO (n = 7) were retrospectively evaluated for clinical findings and the following multi-detector CT (MDCT) features: identification of the transition zone, presence of intraluminal lesions, degree of obstruction, and length and attenuation of obstructing materials. Categorical variables were compared by Fisher’s exact test, and continuous variables by independentt test.ResultsNone of the rice cake SBO patients required surgery, whereas 4/7 (57%) bezoar SBO patients underwent surgery. On MDCT, rice cake residues were recognized as well-defined intraluminal lesions of shorter length (29.8  ± 4.6 mm vs. 47.7 ± 10.8 mm for bezoars;p 
Source: Japanese Journal of Radiology - Category: Radiology Source Type: research

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