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Can an inguinal hernia cause bowel obstruction?

Can an inguinal hernia cause bowel obstruction?

Yes.: A hernia is said to be incarcerated when a structure within the abdominal cavity gets "stuck" within the hernia. If this happens to be a loop of intestine, this can cause an obstruction and lead to the blood supply of the intestine being cut-off; we call this a strangulated hernia. If one has a large, tender lump in the groin that cannot be pushed back in, this requires emergency md attention. ...Read more

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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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Inguinal hernia causes nausea when part of intestine gets trapped. It is painful emergency situation. I feel nausea off and on w/o emergency, why?

Inguinal hernia causes nausea when part of intestine gets trapped. It is painful emergency situation.  I feel nausea off and on w/o  emergency, why?

Hernia: when a piece of intestine gets trapped in a hernia it may swell and cause the blood supply to become decreased. This may cause the portion of bowel to become damaged or die resulting in a medical emergency. If the hernia becomes tender or painful go to the ER immediately. They may be able to manually reduce the hernia and restore the blood supply or surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Can even a small inguinal hernia affect bowel movement?

Can even a small inguinal hernia affect bowel movement?

While: Anything is possible, a small hernia would not commonly directly affect bowel movements. However the pressure discomfort of a hernia could cause a person added discomfort if straining for constipation & make it indirectly difficult or uncomfortable to use the toilet. ...Read more

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Is there any danger in taking a more immediate laxative while I've been using miralax (polyethylene glycol) for the past six days? Inguinal hernia, need bowel movement.

Is there any danger in taking a more immediate laxative while I've been using miralax (polyethylene glycol) for the past six days? Inguinal hernia, need bowel movement.

Yes, risky!: You need an exam if a week on laxatives has not helped. More can be bad for you! Drink lots of water, eat fruits/veggies, try probiotics (sauerkraut, etc). But see a Dr - blockages can be dangerous and other complications can be more trouble than a visit. So, go! Go soon. Best! ...Read more

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What is the chances that an inguinal hernia will go into the intestine?

What is the chances that an inguinal hernia will go into the intestine?

See below: It is the other way around. Having an inguinal hernia means that there is a weakness of your tissues in that area and possibly bowel is coming in and out through that opening. Infrequently the bowel can come out but may not be able to go back in and get strangulated. Then it becomes an emergency. ...Read more

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I seem to have inguinal hernia without bulge. Is intestine strangulation still possible in this case?

I seem to have inguinal hernia without bulge. Is intestine strangulation still possible in this case?

Unlikely: if you have a hernia without a bulge that mean the opening is too small you need to watch for pain wither in the groin or in the testicles if pain is increase then you need to see a surgeon ...Read more

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M58, could chewing 10 teaspoon fulls of flax seed cause intestinal obstruction at the site of hernia.(i am person with large inguinal hernia)?

M58, could chewing 10 teaspoon fulls of flax seed cause intestinal obstruction at the site of hernia.(i am person with large inguinal hernia)?

Flaxseed problems: Flaxseed has been reported as a contributing factor to bowel obstruction, particularly when taken in large amounts with inadequate water intake. Additionally, flaxseed can lower blood sugar, so regular glucose monitoring is essential . Flaxseed has many health benefits when taken in moderation in otherwise healthy people. ...Read more

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Cause for obstruction in inguinal hernia?

Cause for obstruction in inguinal hernia?

INCARCERATED hernia: Any hernia may incarcerate and cause bowel obstruction. Incarceration is when the contents of a hernia 'gets stuck' and the blood flow to the area ceases causing the tissue to be at risk for dying (ischemia-infarct). Immediate surgery is indicated. The signs of bowel obstruction are: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, lack of gas passage.. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Bowel Obstruction (Definition)

The intestinal tract is one, long distensible pipe from the stomach to the anus consisting of 30-40 ft of small intestine (for nutrient absorption) and 5 ft of large intestine (for water absorption). Obstruction may occur at any point, causing upstream distention, cramping pain, vomiting, and obstipation (no gas or bm out the bottom). Rx may require surgery ...Read more