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Pathology mimicking distal intestinal obstruction syndrome in cystic fibrosis.
  1. A M Dalzell,
  2. D P Heaf,
  3. H Carty
  1. Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, Respiratory Unit, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.


    Eight patients with cystic fibrosis had chronic abdominal pain and the other features of distal intestinal obstruction syndrome. Coexistent abdominal pathology was shown in six patients. Two had a small bowel volvulus, and the others had Crohn's disease, a small bowel fistula, appendix abscess, and an ovarian dermoid. Opiate abuse exacerbated symptoms in two other patients.

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