A 54-year-old member asked:
are the symptoms of small bowel obstruction bad?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Ryan Stanton answered
17 years experience Emergency Medicine
YES: Small bowel obstruction can be dangerous and deadly if not treated appropriately. The common symptoms are abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, nausea, and vomiting.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Barry Rosen answered
33 years experience General Surgery
It can be.: The most common symptoms include cramping, generalized abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, and the absence of any passage of stool or gas. We call this last symptom obstipation, and it is a very important predictor of the severity of the episode. In some cases, the pain becomes constant and severe--this may represent a compromised blood supply to the bowel, requiring emergency surgery.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
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