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South African Journal of Surgery

On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
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KUEHNAST, Marianne  and  ANDRONIKOU, Savvas. Pictorial interlude: Caught up in a 'whirl'. S. Afr. j. surg. [online]. 2012, vol.50, n.2, pp.50-51. ISSN 2078-5151.

A patient with the 'whirl sign' on computed tomography is 25.3 times as likely as a patient without the sign to have small-bowel obstruction (SBO) necessitating surgery. The 'whirl sign' therefore has an important role in the assessment of patients with clinical and radiological signs of SBO.

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