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any advice? what tests should be done on severely blocked bowels and abdominal pain?

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Plain films, ? CT: A colon obstruction will be a surgical emergency, and is usually diagnosed by plain film and maybe a retrograde dye study, e.g. barium enema. Small bowel obstruction can be seen on plain films, but in many cases a CT scan is ordered. No oral dye studies are needed. In a non-operated abdomen a small bowel obstruction needs exploration. Observation with NG can resolve SBO due to adhesions. Good luck

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What tests should be done on severely blocked bowels and abdominal pain to figure out what's wrong?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Which tests should be done on severely blocked bowels and abdominal pain?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Tests that : Will determine the severity and etiology of intestinal obstructions are, in general, abdominal x rays 3 views and ct abdomen and pelvis with oral and IV contrast. But it depends on the context. Other tests might be more appropriate, depending on clinical context. Please ask your doctor for specific advice.

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