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A 46-year-old member asked:

Please help me? what is bowel obstruction?

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Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Intestinal blockage: Bowel obstruction can involve either the small or large intestine. There are many causes of obstruction - for the large intestine, masses including cancer, inflammation or twisting (volvulus), for the small intestine, scar tissue from previous surgery, congenital twisting, congenital band, tumor or hernia. Partial obstruction may resolve without surgery but complete obstruction requires surgery.
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 46 years experience
Intestine: Is basically a tube with lots of curves in them. When it kinks, caused by adhesions or hernias, it can block off. When there is a growth inside the tube, like a tumor or cancer, it can block off. When it blocks off, it is called bowel obstruction.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Help! could soy lead to bowel obstruction?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 46 years experience
No medical evidence: To suggest that soy intake will lead to bowel obstruction (that I am aware of), which is usually caused by adhesions from previous surgery or infection, tumors, or inflammatory bowel disease. It is conceivable that, if you have a partial or intermittent obstruction, high fiber food will aggravate this condition.
A 38-year-old member asked:

I need help with small bowel obstruction?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Small bowel obstruct: Ion is a medical emergency. It should be treated by confirming the diagnosis, bowel rest, possible decompression with a nasogastric tube on suction. If not resolving within 24 hours, surgical exploration is indicated to avoided ischemic or dead bowel. Do not delay if you think you are obstructed. This is not to be treated t home!

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