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What causes adhesions on the intestine?

What causes adhesions on the intestine?

Peritoneal loss: Intestinal adhesions are due to the loss of the protective peritoneal membrane which envelops the small and large intestines. This is most commonly due to previous surgery but can be due to infection as well. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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I found out I have adhesions in my intestines causing pain. It is getting worse on my lower right side, is surgery needed?

I found out I have adhesions in my intestines causing pain. It is getting worse on my lower right side, is surgery needed?

Not necessarily: 1. Adhesions don't always cause pain. 2. How do you know you have adhesions? 3. Adhesions don't always cause pain. 4. Adhesions will not show up on x-rays or ct. 5. I'd be hesitant to have a surgical procedure just "for adhesions" unless there is very strong clinical evidence they are causing a problem (such as intestinal obstruction), becauseā€¦ 6. Adhesions don't always cause pain. ...Read more

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Can severe long term bloating damage the intestine permanently? Does it cause diverticular, volvulus or adhesions? Thank you

Can severe long term bloating damage the intestine permanently? Does it cause diverticular, volvulus or adhesions? Thank you

Bloat is a symptom.: Bloating is not a condition unto itself. It's a symptom that would be indicative of some underlying condition. That condition, depending on what it is, could have long-term consequences. The reason for your bloating needs to be identified. ...Read more

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I had a capsule endoscopy that was clear. In April & Aug 18th I had mild bowel obstructions in the sm intestines. Could the camera miss any adhesions?

I had a capsule endoscopy that was clear. In April & Aug 18th I had mild bowel obstructions in the sm intestines. Could the camera miss any adhesions?

YES , not intended: Capsule endoscopy will detect pathology ( disease ) inside the lumen of bowel like bleeding , tumors etc It can not visualize the adhesions as they are outer surface of bowel, but laparoscopic examination will . Speak to your doctor ...Read more

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During pelvic surgery they saw a kink in my large intestine. Would adhesions be visible if they were the cause? What else could be cause?

During pelvic surgery they saw a kink in my large intestine. Would adhesions be visible if they were the cause? What else could be cause?

Adhesions are seen: If thisisthe first operative procedure then no adhesions to be expected. On the otherhand excess bowel , especially in the sigmoid colon can result in a twist or kink known as volvulus. Did kink get resolved by the surgeon. Intussecption can also occur and look like kink if intraluminal lesion present. ...Read more

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What's the standard treatment of post op adhesions which causes obstruction in the small intestines after a sigmoid colon cancer surgery?

What's the standard treatment of post op adhesions which causes obstruction in the small intestines after a sigmoid colon cancer surgery?

None: There is no rx for adhesions themselves. If they cause a bowel obstruction then that will be treated with a tube through the nose to decompress the bowel and no food for a few days. If that doesnt work then surgery may be required. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about intestinal adhesions?

Can you tell me more about  intestinal adhesions?

A lot: There is a lot to be said about it. They happen most commonly after all abdominal surgeries. Every time that you have surgery in the abdomen, you will develop intestinal adhesions. The only time that you need to address is when they cause a bowel obstruction, ...Read more

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Have had prior surgeries for abd adhesions.Bowel habitshave changed last month to hard bm.Fri i screamed itwasdohard anddaughter had to manually go in?

May be constipation: It could be your adhesions, but if you have had constipation requiring manual dis-impaction, it is more likely that you need to change your diet and drink more water. A tumor in the rectum can also cause these symptoms, and a specialist (gi or surgeon) can do several tests to get you a definitive answer. Do not put it off. ...Read more

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How can adhesions cause small bowel obstruction?

How can adhesions cause small bowel obstruction?

Think of adhesions: as bands of fibrous scars. If one happens to form in a location that involves a bowel loop, the loop can be deformed or compressed to the point where the lumen is compromised enough to be obstructed. ...Read more

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Are adhesions the usual cause of small bowel obstruction?

Are adhesions the usual cause of small bowel obstruction?

IT'S A RISK FACTOR: Repeated abdominal surgeries might increase the likelihood of developing abdominal adhesions. In simple terms like cobwebs. These can sometimes be the cause of partial or complete bowel obstructions. The mechanism is different because the source is external as compared to a mass growing inside the bowel. Talk to your doctor about your concern. ...Read more

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Adhesions (Definition)

Adhesions is a condition in which two or more organs or organ surfaces are stuck together. Adhesions are common after surgery or infection, in which the healing response causes scar tissue to connect organs that normally should slide around freely. Adhesions can cause symptoms such as abdominal ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more