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is small bowel obstruction painful?

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Dr. Andrew Malinchak
29 years experience Family Medicine
Small bowl pain: Yes, it can be. Afterall, it's an obstruction!
Answered on Dec 3, 2018
Dr. Mark Khorsandi
21 years experience Hand Surgery
Yes: Anytime an organ distends, it can cause pain. Also if the obstruction causes a lack of blood supply to an area of the bowel (ischemia) that will cause pain.
Answered on Dec 25, 2012

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