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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

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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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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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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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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Do people with paralytic ileus have a lot of pain?

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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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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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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After back surgery, 71 yr old father developed ileus. Enema and suppository not effective. What is more effective treatment?

After back surgery, 71 yr old father developed ileus.  Enema and suppository not effective.  What is more effective treatment?

Bowel Rest: Whether at home or in the hospital, bowel rest -- essentially fasting -- is recommended. Ileus is common after surgery and is often the result of anesthesia and pain medication. Hydration remains important so home regimens usually consist of clear liquids only until symptoms improve or follow-up testing is performed to provide reassurance that the ileus is resolving. ...Read more

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Can you suggest any alternative treatments to reduce cysts?

Can you suggest any alternative treatments to reduce cysts?

Where?: Cystic change in the breasts is very common. Of course if you have a dominant breast mass, it needs to be seen as a possible cancer. Mainstream medicine has little to offer. I've had colleagues tell me that evening primrose oil is the first herbal to try for painful / lumpy breasts. An evidence-based holist in your community may be able to offer more. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for rosacea besides medication?

Are there any alternative treatments for rosacea besides medication?

IPL for Rosacea: Intense pulsed light (ipl), or "photofacial", is an appropriate treatment for the redness of rosacea. A few treatments spaced approx. A month apart will be needed. A topical antibiotic like Metronidazole may be used in between sessions. Also, avoidance of triggers such as sun, heat, cold, spicy foods, and alcohol may help reduce redness. http://www.dranthonycorrado.com/procedures/non-invasive. ...Read more

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Are there effective alternative treatments for back pain?

Are there effective alternative treatments for back pain?

Yes: Surgery is usually the last resort for most back problems except major trauma. Therapy, postural exercises, yoga, weight loss and/or exercise, gait training, job retraining, as well as meditatation (to relieve stress) are helpful adjucts. Note: not all back pain is created equal to please get check by a specialist. Note: beware of fad or gimmicky advertisements for back relief. Feel better. ...Read more

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Can any of the alternative treatments for schizophrenia work?

Can any of the alternative treatments for schizophrenia work?

Alternative tx?: I don't know what you mean by "alternative treatments for schizophrenia". It you can tell me what they are - i will try to comment on each. Schizophrenia requires life-long treatment with use of atypical antipsychotics as the mainstay. Conventional neuroleptics are an option. Psychosocial treatments that go hand in hand with meds include: family therapy, social skills training & voc rehab. ...Read more

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What alternative treatments exist for patients with gastrinoma?

What alternative treatments exist for patients with gastrinoma?

Chemotherapy: Other than surgery medication including chemotherapy can be used, depending on the histology and aggressiveness of the tumor. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for ALS that appear promising?

Are there any alternative treatments for ALS that appear promising?

NO: Sorry, but there are absolutely no alternative treatments that have ever made even trivial benefits to pts with als, and there seems to be no future alternative rx that seems to make any sense. The medicine approach involves mainly riluzole, and palliation, with some consideration for using glutamate blockers. These approaches are not cures, but can possibly slow somewhat. ...Read more

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Alternative treatments for atypical depression?

Alternative treatments for atypical depression?

Alternative depressi: Traditional chinese medicine, indian remedies (ayurvedic med.), yoga, meditation, diet, exercise, etc. ...Read more

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Ileus (Definition)

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