Small-bowel obstruction secondary to activated charcoal and adhesions.

Abstract:

:Gastrointestinal obstruction is a rare complication of multiple-dose administration of activated charcoal. Previous reports deal only with obstruction after ingestion of drugs that impair gastrointestinal motility. This patient developed a small-bowel obstruction associated with the administration of multiple doses of activated charcoal (350 g, total) for treatment of theophylline toxicity. This patient also had low-grade, previously asymptomatic adhesions at the ileocecal valve. A 4.5 x 5 x 3-cm aggregate of charcoal was surgically removed from the distal ileum.

journal_name

Ann Emerg Med

authors

Goulbourne KB,Cisek JE

doi

10.1016/s0196-0644(94)70170-9

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

1994-07-01 00:00:00

pages

108-10

issue

1

eissn

0196-0644

issn

1097-6760

pii

S0196064494001241

journal_volume

24

pub_type

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