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what is the definition of spastic ileus?

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Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Ileus: Ileus is the development of distention of the intestines as a result of decreased peristaltic motility. Usually this is the response of the gut to some type of noxious stimulus, either traumatic, infectious or inflammatory. The distension can mimic bowel obstruction and this needs to be differentiated, typically by watchful waiting. Ileus will resolve by correcting the underlying cause.
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 24 years experience
Spastic ileus: Sounds fancy but not sure if such diagnosis exists. Can have a functional ileus or mechanical ileus. Both have different causes

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A 25-year-old member asked:

My doctor says I have ileus, but I don't understand. What does it mean?

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Dr. Mark Gordon
Colon and Rectal Surgery 54 years experience
Sluggish intestines: Intestinal motility paralysis, or ileus, is seen after abdominal surgery, or it can be associated with many medical conditions. It resolves as the conditions improve, or with recovery from the surgery.
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Dr. Eric Kaplan commented
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Often back surgery or severe back injury can also cause an ileus
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: ileus?

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Dr. Shady Macaron
General Surgery 20 years experience
Ileus: Ileus is commonly defined as decreased motor activity of the GI tract due to non-mechanical causes. To diagnose ileus, obstructions secondary to adhesions, gallstone ileus and tumor have to be ruled-out.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

What tests would reveal possible paralytic ilieus? What are the most common symptoms?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 17 years experience
Possible paralytic i: Abdominal pain, distention, bloating, nausea, vomiting, unable to tolerate food, "gassiness", difficulty passing gas are some symptoms. The setting, history and physical examination generally provide the answer. An abdominal x-ray & sometime ct will often be required. Blood magnesium & potassium levels are useful since associated with ileus. Other labs help manage but not diagnose.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the most common symptoms of ileus?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
See below: Ileus is slowing of activity of the intestines. This results in nausea, maybe recurrent vomiting, inability to eat, increasing abdominal distension, lack of bowel movements. Can be associated with infections or a viral illness. Symptoms are very similar to a bowel obstruction & needs an evaluation with a doctor for a full medical evaluation.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Focal ileus causes?

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Dr. Stanley Wilson
General Surgery 45 years experience
Almost anything: Any illness, particularly in the abdomen, can cause an ileus. Common examples--urinary infection, pneumonia, injury, broken bones, any localized area of inflammation in the abdomen, including appendicitis, diverticulitis, viral illness.

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