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how is a bowel obstruction diagnosed?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Combination: Bowel obstruction is diagnosed using a combination of patient history, physical exam, and scans (x-rays, ct, etc.). Sometimes the physical exam findings are so obvious that scans are not required. Some partial bowel obstructions can be very difficult to diagnose and may elude doctors and patients for months.
Dr. Sanjay Kumar
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Clinically: History, exam and an x-ray are sufficient most of the time. Not that complicated for a well trained doctor to diagnose.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What are bowel obstruction symptoms?

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Dr. Tejas Ozarkar
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General Practice 9 years experience
Bowel obstruction: Bowel obstruction, like its name suggests, means that part of your one-way gastrointestional tract is blocked. This means you will have constipation, greenish vomit with digested food (because the food cannot pass through your tract), pain in your belly and also might cause your belly to look like it is swelling. If you cannot pass gas, pass feces and you see the signs above, see your doctor.
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Explain the condition called a bowel obstruction.?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Blockage of intestin: Bowel, small or large (colon) can be blocked by a number of problems, including tumors, other masses, stool, foreign bodies, kinking of the bowel loops by internal scars (adhesions), other. Can be very acute-with pain, vomiting, distension, maybe diarrhea (if partial obstruction), not passing gas or stool (if more complete). If developed over time can adapt somewhat, with less symptoms.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

My doc says i've got bowel obstruction. What does this mean?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
R U in Hospital?: A bowel obstruction is a very serious problem that requires hospital management and, often, surgical treatment. Obstruction of the intestine causes an inability to take-in any nutrition by mouth, leading to dehydration and eventual vomiting, bloating, cramping pain, and an inability to move one's bowels. If it does not resolve, it inevitably leads to bowel perforation.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What can I do to treat bowel obstruction?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Pain: Usually severe abdominal pain either localized or diffusely thru the abdomen, fever, distention of the abdomen qand a change in bowels. If in doubt go to pcp or er and get an xray or ct scan. The sooner it is diagnosed and treated the better you will.
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I was wondering what are some symptoms, diagnoses and causes of bowel obstruction?

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Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
General Surgery 29 years experience
Bowel obstruction: Mainly these include abdominal pain , distention (swelling), nausea, vomiting treatment varies and can either include nasogastric decompression and hydration to surgical intervention.

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