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Table 1 Causes of bowel obstruction in adults

From: Bowel obstruction: a narrative review for all physicians

Small bowel obstruction cause Percentages of cases Large bowel obstruction cause Percentages of cases
Adhesions 55–75 Cancer 60
Hernias 15–25 Volvulus 15–20
Malignancies 5–10 Diverticular 10
Others* 15 Others* 10
  1. Others*: carcinomatosis, endometriosis, inflammatory bowel disease stenosis, intussusception, ischemic stenosis, radiation stenosis, postanastomotic stenosis, gallstones, foreign bodies, bezoars