Short bowel syndrome (SBS), one of the commonest types of intestinal failure, usually secondary to extensive bowel resection, traditionally has been associated with a high mortality rate and hence a big challenge for the treating surgeons. It requires comprehensive clinical care to minimise the morbidities and mortality associated with the condition. We report a retrospective review of a series of seven patients with SBS, who presented at our surgical emergency within a period of 1 year and their outcome so as to encourage others in managing such a challenge with more positive mindsets. A retrospective analysis of seven patients with SBS admitted from January 2014 to January 2015 with a follow-up of 1 year has been done in terms of their demographic characteristics, underlying pathology and clinical outcome. A rising incidence of SBS in the younger age group (71.4%) has been observed in this analysis. Majority of patients (57.1%) had mesenteric ischemia as the underlying cause followed by each case of small bowel volvulus, internal herniation and blunt trauma abdomen. A discharge rate of 71.4% and mortality rate of 28.5% were observed. With this analysis, we believe that SBS is no more an uncommon condition. A structured clinical approach, timely surgical intervention and multidisciplinary postoperative management are essential for managing such frail patients to achieve best possible results. This will encourage others in managing such a critically challenged condition with a more positive approach and thus beneficial for both the patients and the treating surgeon.
Indian Journal of Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: May 11, 2017
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