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Can a ct showing fluid and stool filled loops in small bowel and colon but w no abstruction or inflammation still indicate ileus?
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
Paralyzed intestine: Normally the bowel is usually moving, milking contents forward, in waves of contractions (peristalsis). When it stops, it's called ileus. It is seen with narcotic pain meds, some other medications, electrolyte imbalances, post-operatively, and in some patients with slow motility. Being very sick or bed bound can also contribute. If the underlying cause is fixed, it usually resolves with time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Moving bowel: Sometimes physician listens to abdomen with stethoscope and hears bowel making noise of normal movement or peristalysis. Sometimes if very hungry sounds can be heard related to bowel motion. It is normal for bowel to make some noise when peristalses. No bowel sounds mean bowel is staying completely still sometimes called paralytic ileum. High pitched sounds can be heard in bowel obstruction. ...Read more
Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more