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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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Paralytic Ileus (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Do people with paralytic ileus have a lot of pain?

Highly variable.: Paralytic ileus describes dysfunction of the intestinal tract where the bowels "shut off" causing bloating, nausea+/-vomiting, and cramping pain. Ileus is always secondary to an underlying process in the abdomen (infection, intestinal surgery); therefore, there may be pain associated with the primary process, as well. Once the primary process is treated, intestinal function returns to normal. ...Read more

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What is the exact mechanism of paralytic ileus post-operatively.?

What is the exact mechanism of paralytic ileus post-operatively.?

Common: This is a normal or common reaction to the trauma of surgery, anesthetics, and narcotic pain medication. These all cause the muscular wall of the small intestine to essentially fall asleep and stop functioning. This then results in temporary build up of air and fluid inside the intestines. As the intestinal wall awakens, abdominal cramping may occur, then they gradually return to normal function. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism of paralytic ileus seen post-operatively?

What is the mechanism of paralytic ileus seen post-operatively?

Many causes: Ileus is a common condition after abdominal surgery, and occasional after major operations not related to the abdomen. Usually is cause by manipulation of the bowel during surgery, anesthesia, narcotics for pain, can last for several days to a couple of weeks. It is recommended for patients to ambulate the next day after surgery to stimulate bowel function and to minimized narcotics. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the exact mechanism of paralytic ileus seen post-operatively?

Please help! what is the exact mechanism of paralytic ileus seen post-operatively?

Post-op ileus: Whenever the intestines are handled in surgery, the normal motion can decrease. Each short piece of bowel squeezes and pushes the food inside along the bowel. After surgery, the pushing is not coordinated, and the fluid in the bowel can back up. All narcotic pain medication slows the bowel down as well. Your surgeon may not want to let you eat - you will be more likely to throw up. ...Read more

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Info on paralytic ileus following correction of scoliosis?

Info on paralytic ileus following correction of scoliosis?

Whatch for: Superior mesenteric artery syndrome resolves with time belly rest narcotics can be cause. ...Read more

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How long from post op paralytic ileus to severe stomach distension?

How long from post op paralytic ileus to severe stomach distension?

Need an evaluation: One worries about adhesions after surgery - that might cause partial blockage and distension of the stomach or intestine. If you are having severe distension, you need to see your physician, find out what is causing the problem, and, hopefully, finding a solution ...Read more

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Could low sodium levels lead to muscle issues including difficulty in walking or could it cause tge muscles in the bowel to slow like paralytic ileus?

Maybe: Low sodium is not commonly seen unless it is due to some blood pressure medications. Athletes who may drink too much water during an event can also get low sodium. Very low sodium can cause weakness and confusion. Intestinal ileus and some muscle cramping is more commonly due to low potassium. ...Read more

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Ileus (Definition)

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 ...Read more