A 34-year-old female asked:
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the doctor did a ct scan and said looks like a small bowel obstruction but i have severe diarrhea could it be something else and how's it treated?

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Dr. Rafael Lugo
27 years experience General Surgery
Not likely: A ct scan is not the best test for a functional bowel obstruction. A small bowel series is a better option. The cynics a one time picture and the fact that you are having diarrhea probably rules out the chance of a vowel obstruction. I think there is something else going in. Stool cultures are in order and possibly more testing.
Answered on Aug 13, 2015
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