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Invited Commentary
August 2013

Obstructions to Understanding Malignant Bowel Obstruction

Author Affiliations
  • 1Departments of Surgery, Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System and University of Arizona, Tucson
JAMA Surg. 2013;148(8):722. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2013.15

Malignant bowel obstruction (MBO) is an important palliative care problem for many patients with colon cancer. Malignant BO may be due to the primary tumor, to metastatic disease, or to previous surgical intervention leading to adhesions or internal hernia. Although many reports have examined MBO in the setting of colon cancer, the true incidence and the outcomes remain unknown. Winner and colleagues1 attempt to address this deficiency by using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results and Medicare claims linked databases.

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