Small bowel obstruction exacerbated by barium sulfate administration

Whitney L. Reid, Jesse L. Cox, Karen L. Pennington, Philip McCarthy, Vishal M. Kothari, Samuel M. Cohen

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Abstract

Small bowel obstruction (SBO) is a commonly encountered medical condition, typically a result of extrinsic causes, including post-operative adhesions. Less frequently, intrinsic and intraluminal factors may cause obstruction. Barium sulfate is a widely used contrast agent for radiography of suspected SBO, though it is rarely encountered in histologic sections and is an uncommon cause of SBO. Here, we present a case of a patient with several risk factors for SBO who received routine diagnostic imaging. Surgical resection revealed gross adhesions and histology showed intraluminal foreign material, determined to be barium sulfate by scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number200315
JournalHuman Pathology: Case Reports
Volume17
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2019

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Barium Sulfate
Intrinsic Factor
Diagnostic Imaging
Radiography
Electron Scanning Microscopy
Contrast Media
Spectrum Analysis
Histology
X-Rays

Keywords

  • Barium sulfate
  • Dysmotility
  • Small bowel obstruction

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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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Small bowel obstruction exacerbated by barium sulfate administration. / Reid, Whitney L.; Cox, Jesse L.; Pennington, Karen L.; McCarthy, Philip; Kothari, Vishal M.; Cohen, Samuel M.

In: Human Pathology: Case Reports, Vol. 17, 200315, 09.2019.

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Reid, Whitney L. ; Cox, Jesse L. ; Pennington, Karen L. ; McCarthy, Philip ; Kothari, Vishal M. ; Cohen, Samuel M. / Small bowel obstruction exacerbated by barium sulfate administration. In: Human Pathology: Case Reports. 2019 ; Vol. 17.
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