PATTERN OF INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION A HOSPITAL BASED STUDY
Objective: To determine the pattern of Intestinal Obstruction in local settings.
Design and Duration of Study: This is a descriptive study of 100 cases of intestinal obstruction from January 2001 to December 2003
Setting: Rawalpindi Medical College, Rawalpindi.
Patients and Methods: 100 cases of intestinal obstruction collected from Rawalpindi General Hospital from January 2001 to December 2003. The data of all patients was analyzed as regards to presentation, treatment and outcome.
Results: Total number of cases presented with intestinal obstruction requiring operative management was 100. Among them 81 were males & 19 were females. As far as the age distribution is concerned the age range was 5 months to 82 years. Mean age was 33 years. In our study commonest cause of intestinal obstruction was obstructed inguinal hernia followed by adhesions. Commonest postoperative complication encountered was postoperative fever & wound infection. In our study frequency of mortality was 7 (7%).
Conclusion: Despite all the improvements in the health care system, inguinal hernias are the commonest cause of intestinal obstruction in our setup.