Pediatric Small Bowel Obstruction Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Oct 27, 2020
  • Author: Pranit Chotai, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Conditions to consider in the differential diagnosis of pediatric small bowel obstruction include the myriad causes of intestinal obstruction, as well as many other conditions that can mimic the signs and symptoms of small bowel obstruction in the absence of true small bowel obstruction, such as the following:

  • Adhesive small bowel obstruction

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease

  • Ileus

  • Incarcerated hernia

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Intestinal neoplasm

  • Intestinal pseudo-obstruction

  • Intestinal volvulus

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Meckel diverticulitis and diverticular bleeding

  • Meconium ileus/distal intestinal obstruction syndrome

  • Meconium plug

  • Omphalomesenteric duct remnant (Meckel band)

  • Small intestinal atresia or stenosis

Differential Diagnoses