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What sort of problem is an abdominal adhesion?

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Dr. Frederick Shieh
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Scarring: An adhesion is usually caused by scarring in the abdominal cavity after a surgery. This can cause issues such as pain and bowel obstruction. This can be fixed sometimes by surgical means if symptoms are severe.
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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Scar tissue.: Adhesions are very common following abdominal surgery, related to one's intrinsic reaction to the trauma of surgery and the severity of the inflammatory process that led to the operation (ie, perforated appendicitis). Adhesions come in all shapes and sizes, from flimsy spider-web like bands, to concrete-like reactions. Thankfully, they rarely cause problems, namely bowel obstructions.
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