Review collection - Bowel obstruction

35 reviews


Bravington A, Obita G, Baddeley E, Johnson MJ, Murtagh FEM, Currow DC, et al. Development of a core outcome set for the research and assessment of inoperable malignant bowel obstruction. PLoS One. 2023 Aug 22;18(8):e0289501.

Rizzo GEM, Carrozza L, Quintini D, Ligresti D, Traina M, Tarantino I. A Systematic Review of Endoscopic Treatments for Concomitant Malignant Biliary Obstruction and Malignant Gastric Outlet Obstruction and the Outstanding Role of Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Therapies. Cancers (Basel). 2023 Apr 30;15(9):2585. doi: 10.3390/cancers15092585.


Baddeley E, Mann M, Bravington A, Johnson MJ, Currow D, Murtagh FEM, Boland EG, Obita G, Oliver A, Seddon K, Nelson A, Boland JW, Noble SIR. Symptom burden and lived experiences of patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals on the management of malignant bowel obstruction: A qualitative systematic review. Palliat Med. 2022 Mar 8:2692163221081331. doi: 10.1177/02692163221081331. Epub ahead of print.

Candy B, Jones L, Vickerstaff V, Larkin PJ, Stone P. Mu-opioid antagonists for opioid-induced bowel dysfunction in people with cancer and people receiving palliative care. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2022 Sep 15;9(9):CD006332. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD006332.pub4.

Madariaga A, Lau J, Ghoshal A, Dzierżanowski T, Larkin P, Sobocki J, Dickman A, Furness K, Fazelzad R, Crawford GB, Lheureux S. MASCC multidisciplinary evidence-based recommendations for the management of malignant bowel obstruction in advanced cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2022 Mar 10. doi: 10.1007/s00520-022-06889-8. Epub ahead of print.


Jin M, Shen F, Li M, Chen Y. Palliative treatment for bowel obstruction in ovarian cancer: a meta-analysis. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2020 Jul;302(1):241-248. doi: 10.1007/s00404-020-05545-y. Epub 2020 May 22.


Bozzetti F. The role of parenteral nutrition in patients with malignant bowel obstruction. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Dec;27(12):4393-4399. doi: 10.1007/s00520-019-04948-1. Epub 2019 Jul 17.


Santangelo ML, Grifasi C, Criscitiello C, Giuliano M, Calogero A, Dodaro C, Incollingo P, Rupealta N, Candida M, Chiacchio G, Riccio E, Pisani A, Tammaro V, Carlomagno N. Bowel obstruction and peritoneal carcinomatosis in the elderly. A systematic review. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2017 Feb;29(Suppl 1):73-78. Epub 2016 Nov 11.


Atukorale YN, Church JL, Hoggan BL, Lambert RS, Gurgacz SL, Goodall S, Maddern GJ. Self-Expanding Metallic Stents for the Management of Emergency Malignant Large Bowel Obstruction: a Systematic Review. J Gastrointest Surg. 2016 Feb;20(2):455-62.

Obita GP, Boland EG, Currow DC, Johnson MJ, Boland JW. Somatostatin Analogues Compared With Placebo and Other Pharmacologic Agents in the Management of Symptoms of Inoperable Malignant Bowel Obstruction: A Systematic Review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Dec;52(6):901-919.e1.Epub 2016 Sep 30.


Naghibi M, Smith TR, Elia M. A systematic review with meta-analysis of survival, quality of life and cost-effectiveness of home parenteral nutrition in patients with inoperable malignant bowel obstruction. Clin Nutr. 2015 Oct;34(5):825-37.


Frago R, Ramirez E, Millan M, Kreisler E, del Valle E, Biondo S. Current management of acute malignant large bowel obstruction: a systematic review. Am J Surg. 2014 Jan;207(1):127-38. Epub 2013 Oct 12.

Liang TW, Sun Y, Wei YC, Yang DX. Palliative treatment of malignant colorectal obstruction caused by advanced malignancy: a self-expanding metallic stent or surgery? A system review and meta-analysis. Surg Today. 2014 Jan;44(1):22-33. Epub 2013 Jul 28.

Pan YM, Pan J, Guo LK, Qiu M, Zhang JJ. Covered versus uncovered self-expandable metallic stents for palliation of malignant gastric outlet obstruction: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Gastroenterol. 2014 Sep 30;14:170.

Paul Olson TJ, Pinkerton C, Brasel KJ, Schwarze ML. Palliative surgery for malignant bowel obstruction from carcinomatosis: a systematic review. JAMA Surg. 2014 Apr;149(4):383-92.


Zhao XD, Cai BB, Cao RS, Shi RH. Palliative treatment for incurable malignant colorectal obstructions: a meta-analysis. World J Gastroenterol. 2013 Sep 7;19(33):5565-74.


Zheng B, Wang X, Ma B, Tian J, Jiang L, Yang K. Endoscopic stenting versus gastrojejunostomy for palliation of malignant gastric outlet obstruction. Dig Endosc. 2012 Mar;24(2):71-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1443-1661.2011.01186.x. Epub 2011 Jul 20.


Dy SM, Apostol CC. Evidence-based approaches to other symptoms in advanced cancer. Cancer J. 2010 Sep-Oct;16(5):507-13.

Kucukmetin A, Naik R, Galaal K, Bryant A, Dickinson HO. Palliative surgery versus medical management for bowel obstruction in ovarian cancer. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010 Jul 7;(7):CD007792.

Kuo YW, Yen M, Fetzer S, Lee JD. Reducing the pain of nasogastric tube intubation with nebulized and atomized lidocaine: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2010 Oct;40(4):613-20. Epub 2010 Aug 3.

Ly J, O'Grady G, Mittal A, Plank L, Windsor JA. A systematic review of methods to palliate malignant gastric outlet obstruction. Surg Endosc. 2010 Feb;24(2):290-7. Epub 2009 Jun 24.


Clark K, Lam L, Currow D. Reducing gastric secretions--a role for histamine 2 antagonists or proton pump inhibitors in malignant bowel obstruction? Support Care Cancer. 2009 Dec;17(12):1463-8. Epub 2009 Mar 17.

Clark K, Lam LT, Gibson S, Currow D. The effect of ranitidine versus proton pump inhibitors on gastric secretions: a meta-analysis of randomised control trials. Anaesthesia. 2009 Jun;64(6):652-7.


Murphy G, Perras C, Desjardins B, Chen S, Moulton K, Jonker D, Perlman K, Pasieka J, Ezzat S, Cripps C, Mensinkai M, Skidmore B. Octreotide for endocrine, oncologic, and gastrointestinal disorders: systematic review and budget impact analysis. Ottawa: Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health; 2008 Jul;Iss 45:10pp. (462kb pdf)


Cipolletta L, Rotondano G, Marmo R, Bianco MA, for the Italian Evidence-Based Gastroenterology & Hepatology Club. Endoscopic palliation of malignant obstructive jaundice: an evidence-based review. Dig Liver Dis. 2007 Apr;39(4):375-88. Epub 2007 Feb 20.

Hosono S, Ohtani H, Arimoto Y, Kanamiya Y. Endoscopic stenting versus surgical gastroenterostomy for palliation of malignant gastroduodenal obstruction: a meta-analysis. J Gastroenterol. 2007 Apr;42(4):283-90. Epub 2007 Apr 26.

Jeurnink SM, van Eijck CH, Steyerberg EW, Kuipers EJ, Siersema PD. Stent versus gastrojejunostomy for the palliation of gastric outlet obstruction: a systematic review. BMC Gastroenterol. 2007 Jun 8;7:18.

Mercadante S, Caruccio A, Mangione S. Medical treatment for inoperable malignant bowel obstruction: a qualitative systematic review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2007 Feb;33(2):217-23.

Moss AC, Morris E, Leyden J, MacMathuna P. Malignant distal biliary obstruction: a systematic review and meta-analysis of endoscopic and surgical bypass results. Cancer Treat Rev. 2007 Apr;33(2):213-21. Epub 2006 Dec 8.


Hammarstrom LE. Role of palliative endoscopic drainage in patients with malignant biliary obstruction. Dig Surg. 2005;22(5):295-304; discussion 305. Epub 2005 Sep 28.


Dormann A, Meisner S, Verin N, Wenk Lang A. Self-expanding metal stents for gastroduodenal malignancies: systematic review of their clinical effectiveness. Endoscopy. 2004 Jun;36(6):543-50.

Sebastian S, Johnston S, Geoghegan T, Torreggiani W, Buckley M. Pooled analysis of the efficacy and safety of self-expanding metal stenting in malignant colorectal obstruction. Am J Gastroenterol. 2004 Oct;99(10):2051-7.


Khot UP, Lang AW, Murali K, Parker MC. Systematic review of the efficacy and safety of colorectal stents. Br J Surg. 2002 Sep;89(9):1096-102.


Ripamonti C, Twycross R, Baines M, Bozzetti F, Capri S, De Conno F, Gemlo B, Hunt TM, Krebs HB, Mercadante S, Schaerer R, Wilkinson P; Working Group of the European Association for Palliative Care. Clinical-practice recommendations for the management of bowel obstruction in patients with end-stage cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2001 Jun;9(4):223-33.


Feuer DJ, Broadley KE, Shepherd JH, Barton DP. Surgery for the resolution of symptoms in malignant bowel obstruction in advanced gynaecological and gastrointestinal cancer. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2000;(4):CD002764. [Update 2016]


Feuer DJ, Broadley KE. Corticosteroids for the resolution of malignant bowel obstruction in advanced gynaecological and gastrointestinal cancer. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 1999;(3):CD001219.

Last updated 03 October 2023