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Can Hemorrhoids Cause Bowel Obstruction
Bowel Obstruction: It's possible the hemorrhoids were there before and the increase in the abdominal pressure when the bowels were obstructed caused the hemorrhoids to "flare". Small bowel obstructions can cause a diversion of body fluids to the abdomen, which can cause the dry skin. I'm not sure exactly what you mean by swollen skin....But it's possible to have lower extremity edema in this situation as well. Read more
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
Had a ctscan withcontrast showed nodiverticulis but showed colon collapse why did it not show bowel obstruction what else could cause colon collapse?
Yes: Small bowel obstruction is typically the result of a blockage of one's small bowel and presents with symptoms of crampy abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. This is typically caused by adhesions or scar tissue as a result of previous surgery. It is typically treated conservatively with bowel rest (nothing by mouth) and IV fluids. Surgery may be necessary at times. Read more
Might an h2 blocker like Pepcid (famotidine) to cause a bowel obstruction or even a partial 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
Large bowel blocked: Bloating, decrease in gas coming from rectum, small caliber stool, less frequent passing of stool, nausea, vomiting, fevers and abdominal pain. Large bowel obstruction is serious, so get in for evaluation. Treatment is available and sooner is better than emergency. Be well. Read more
Not likely: Bowel obstruction from food or other ingested bezoar is rare. A raisin stem is very small and therefore able to navigate most GI systems. If you have abdominal symptoms, okay to start a bowel regimen to manage constipation. Constipation is much more likely to negatively impact your day to day GI tract. Be well. Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not necessarily: Constipation is not necessarily a sign of colon cancer. Constipation is usually caused by problems with diet - not enough fiber, not enough fresh fruits/ veggies, not drinking enough water, etc. It can also be caused by low activity level. Some patients have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) which can cause recurrent constipation. If the constipation is new with none of the above changes, see doc Read more
Can a tapeworm cause a partial bowel obstruction. How could I have this diagnosed (please don't say fecal ova/parasite test). Will xray catch this?
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
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