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what are the symptoms of bowel obstruction?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Pain & vomiting: Diffuse cramping abdominal pains, recurrent vomiting, abdomen may become distended, lack of bowel movement. Usually the person would also have a history of some type of prior abdominal surgery.
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Depends: Be more specific. Do you mean Lg. Or Small bowel ???

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What are bowel obstruction symptoms?

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Dr. Tejas Ozarkar
Dr. Tejas Ozarkaranswered
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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A 36-year-old member asked:

What symptoms does someone with bowel obstruction have?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Numerous: Usually abdominal pain, distention of the abdomen, nausea, vomitting, no bm or flatus for longer than normal. Most patient will also have a history of prior abdominal surgery of some kind as most obstructions are due to ssurgical adhesions. However tumors, benign or malignant can also cause obstruction as well as strictures from inflammation. Get checked.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Describe signs and symptoms of a bowel obstruction?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
See below: Abdominal pain, bloating, cramping and pressure, vomiting, lack of bowel movement. Usually associated with scar tissue from past surgery. Need to be examined by a doctor to differentiate from severe constipation.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are signs and symptoms of bowel obstruction?

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Dr. Michael McGonigal
General Surgery 39 years experience
Crampy pain, nausea: Bowel obstruction usually begins with loss of appetite and crampy pain in the abdomen. Usually, bowel gas and bowel movements slow down, and in some cases completely stop. Since food and saliva can't go anywhere, vomiting usually occurs. Most people who have a bowel obstruction have had previous surgery.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Bowel obstruction symptoms and treatment, what to do?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
If truly obstructed: this can be a medical emergency and needs diagnosis immediately and prompt treatment initiation. Go to the ER if you can't be seen today by your doctor.

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