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bowel obstruction symptoms and treatment, what to do?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
If truly obstructed: this can be a medical emergency and needs diagnosis immediately and prompt treatment initiation. Go to the ER if you can't be seen today by your doctor.
Answered on Jan 27, 2020
Dr. Ronen Elefant
12 years experience Critical Care
Seek pro advice: Symptoms include nausea/vomiting, abdominal distention. Inability to pass flatus and possibly stool. This can be diagnosed with an abdominal Xray and treatment includes bowel rest and nasogastric decompression which usually resolve non-operatively. Concerning symptoms would be fever, severe abdominal pain/tenderness which should prompt further diagnostic studies, possibly emergent surgery.
Answered on Jan 27, 2020
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