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does small bowel obstruction usually cause many symptoms?

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Dr. Donald Kim
35 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Yes: Small bowel obstruction is typically the result of a blockage of one's small bowel and presents with symptoms of crampy abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. This is typically caused by adhesions or scar tissue as a result of previous surgery. It is typically treated conservatively with bowel rest (nothing by mouth) and IV fluids. Surgery may be necessary at times.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen commented
33 years experience General Surgery
A critical symptom of bowel obstructions is the absence of passage of stool or gas, called OBSTIPATION.
Mar 11, 2012

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