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Moderate amount of stool in colon and mild ileus. What is the best and fastest way to relieve all this backup of stool and gas? What should I avoid?

Moderate amount of stool in colon and mild ileus. What is the best and fastest way to relieve all this backup of stool and gas? What should I avoid?

Depends on the cause: Ileus means that there is loss of the normal propulsive ability of the gastrointestinal tract - it can be mild or severe, depending on the cause. Many post-op ileus is caused by narcotics taken for pain control. This is often manifest as constipation. The treatment for this is walking, reducing narcotic intake, drinking enough water and on occasion, taking a laxative. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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Is a colon resection always necessary following an acute diverticular abscess?

Is a colon resection always necessary following an acute diverticular abscess?

No, but...: ...Each case is unique, and depends on your history of prior diverticulitis, risks of recurrence, underlying complications, response of abscess to conservative management, co-morbidities, etc. ...Read more

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Is diarrhea a symptom of colon cancer? In the past month I've had 3-4 acute diarrhea attacks, which is abnormal for me. No dietary changes either.

Is diarrhea a symptom of colon cancer? In the past month I've had 3-4 acute diarrhea attacks, which is abnormal for me. No dietary changes either.

Yes and no: Diarrhea can be a symptom of cancer, particularly if your stool appears black and tar like; but there are far more common and more likely causes of diarrhea in a 42 year old. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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3 yr w h/o poor growth, ^ calprotectin & sed rate. Biopsy show inactive chronic inflamm in the stomach & acute patchy cryptitis in colon (L >R). Dx???

3 yr w h/o poor growth, ^ calprotectin & sed rate. Biopsy show inactive chronic inflamm in the stomach & acute patchy cryptitis in colon (L >R). Dx???

Inflammation: Sometimes the most frustrating thing about medical work ups is not hearing a DIAGNOSIS. Your child's labs and biopsy all point to inflammation - from what it's still hard to determine but patchy cryptitis is found in both Chron's disease and Ulcerative colitis. The age and the poor growth make me more concerned for Celiac disease. Keep your follow up appt with MD for advice on next step ...Read more

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Mother diagnosis breast ca@ 53, maternal grandpa colon ca at 87, maternal great uncle diagnosis acute leukemia at 65 and his daughter now has acute leuk too. Genetic?

Mother diagnosis breast ca@ 53, maternal grandpa colon ca at 87, maternal great uncle diagnosis acute leukemia at 65 and his daughter now has acute leuk too. Genetic?

May be or may not: May be related, some colon cancers and breast cancers are genetic origin, environmental exposure is responsible for leukemias but genetic factor is also involved. What you have to worry brca I &! genes you may be carrying, from inf. You gave, does not like you have speak to your doctor, whether you are a candidate for genetic tests (expensive ins may not cover). ...Read more

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Acute constipation. Hard to pass stool. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 3x since yesterday, only passed a few pebbles. Abdom and rectal pain. Colon cancer in family. Help?

Acute constipation. Hard to pass stool. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 3x since yesterday, only passed a few pebbles. Abdom and rectal pain. Colon cancer in family. Help?

Constipation: First, constipation by itself is not a specific sign of colon cancer & colon cancer is very unlikely at age 21. Drink more water. Eat much less solid food until the constipation resolves. Can try suppository or enema too. Try stronger laxative like magnesium citrate. Avoid this problem by eating right, avoid junk food & excess alcohol, eat more fruits & vegetables, add metamucil. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ileus?

What is the definition or description of: ileus?

Slow intestines: Ileus is a slowing, or non-functioning condition of the gastrointestinal tract. The movement of food, digestive juices is slowed, leading to distension, sometimes back-up and vomiting. It is usually caused by trauma or injury, often by surgery itself. Usually responds to patience, time, supportive care. ...Read more

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What should be the longest it takes an ileus to resolve?

What should be the longest it takes an ileus to resolve?

Varies quite a bit: It depends on the exact cause, but can range from a few days to 2 weeks. Most caused by injury or surgery resolve in 2-5 days. ...Read more

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What is the definition of spastic ileus?

What is the definition of spastic ileus?

Ileus: Ileus is the development of distention of the intestines as a result of decreased peristaltic motility. Usually this is the response of the gut to some type of noxious stimulus, either traumatic, infectious or inflammatory. The distension can mimic bowel obstruction and this needs to be differentiated, typically by watchful waiting. Ileus will resolve by correcting the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Is ileus with fecal stasis dangerous?

Is ileus with fecal stasis dangerous?

Not usually: An ileus is a slowing down of the motility or flow through the bowel, and can occur typically when someone is taking a lot of pain meds, or has recently had a big operation. Some metabolic problems can cause it also. It generally doesn't require an operation, contrary to a bowel obstruction, which may. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the two. A surgeon can help differentiate. ...Read more

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Any ideas why pancreatitis cause an ileus?

Any ideas why pancreatitis cause an ileus?

Adynamic ileus: Is caused by different things, including inflammation. Pancreatitis, or inflammation of pancreas, causes irritation of peritoneal cavity, causing intestinal motility to slow down or stop, which is the cause of adynamic ileus. Typically, ileus caused by pancreatitis persists longer than the pancreatitis itself. ...Read more

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Can small ileus be mistaken for hiatal herna?

Can small ileus be mistaken for hiatal herna?

Different problems: A hiatal hernia is when part of the stomach squeezes up into the chest area through a weak spot in the sheet of muscle (the diaphragm) that separates the chest from the abdomen. A hiatal hernia should not resemble an ileus, which is not a part of the body, but is a condition in which the intestines are very quiet and not moving. With an ilieus, the stomach won't empty and the person will vomit. ...Read more

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What should I do for an infection of the ileus?

Intestine or pelvis?: Ileus is slowing down of the intestines. Infection of the ileus is not a proper term. If you mean infection of the ileum, it could mean the end of the small intestine or one of the pelvic bones. You will need to be more specific about which one you mean. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: paralytic ileus?

What is the definition or description of: paralytic ileus?

Temporary condition: A paralytic ileus is when the intestines which are basically muscular tubes are temporarily unable to contract and move intestinal contents through the GI tract. This is often caused by abdominal surgery but other causes could be infections and inflammatory bowel diseaese. It will usually resolve on its own. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Ileus (Definition)

A slowing, or non-functioning condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Usually caused by trauma or injury, ...Read more