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How is a bowel obstruction diagnosed?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
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 38 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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See below: The same way is diagnosted when not pregnant. It is a clinical diagnosis supported by radiology exam.

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