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What is chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction?

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Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Gut motility: This is a disorder of the motility of the intestines, which produces dilated loops of bowel which are similar in appearance to bowel that is mechanically obstructed, but there is no obstruction. It results from a disturbance in the nerve supply to the intestine or an abnormal response of intestinal smooth muscle. Symptoms can be abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting or constipation.

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A 21-year-old female asked:

What are the symptoms of intestinal pseudo obstruction?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Usually: abdominal distention, pain, and obstipation. But pseudoobstruction is a rare condition, and actual obstruction is much more common with these symptoms.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

How is intestinal pseudo-obstruction treated?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Depends: This condition can have various causes. First, you treat the underlying cause (orthopedic problem, heart condition, electrolyte imbalance, etc). If that doesn't work, sometimes colonoscopy is useful. There is also a medication (neostigmene) which in certain patients is appropriate. Surgery is reserved for complications of this condition.
CA
A 16-year-old member asked:

What is intestinal pseudo-obstruction?

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Dr. Mark Callman
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Ogilvie's syndrome: A patient can present with symptoms of obstruction, such as abdominal discomfort, bloating, nausea and vomiting, and radiological examination shows marked dilitation of the colon, but no obvious source for mechanical obstruction is found. Naso gastric suction, and colonoscopy for decompression of the colon may help up to 75% of the time, but in severe cases, surgery may help.
A 52-year-old member asked:

How is intestinal pseudo-obstruction diagnosed?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Labs and X-rays: First you have to make sure there aren't any other causes of true obstruction. This is done with a combination of x-rays or scans, physical examination, review of the medical history, and laboratory tests. After other causes have been eliminated, then the patient is treated for pseudo-obstruction, also called ogilve's syndrome.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is primary intestinal pseudo-obstruction?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Non-mechanical block: 'primary' means cause unknown. Intestinal = small intestine (about 20 feet long) or large intestine (about 6 feet long) leading to rectum. 'pseudo-obstruction' means a blockage thatis not mechanical, such as caused by a tumor, or fibrous adhesions from prior surgery, or stool impaction. The cause is an abnormality of the nerves leading to the muscle of bowel wall (lupus, scleroderma, parknsns).

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