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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Abdominal Adhesions

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Can a colonoscopy diagnose a partial large bowel obstruction caused by abdominal adhesions?

Can a colonoscopy diagnose a partial large bowel obstruction caused by abdominal adhesions?

Maybe: Adhesions occur from pror surgery. Was there past surgery? External adhesions would be rare to cause colon obstruction. If there was prior colon surgery, then surgical site anastomosis narrowing or scarring would be visible at colonoscopy. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Aranson
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Adhesions (Definition)

Adhesions is a condition in which two or more organs or organ surfaces are stuck together. Adhesions are common after surgery or infection, in which the healing response causes scar tissue to connect organs that normally should slide around freely. Adhesions can cause symptoms such as abdominal ...Read more


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Does constipation caused by abdominal adhesions have different symptoms than that of typical constipation?

Does constipation caused by abdominal adhesions have different symptoms than that of typical constipation?

Yes: Typically, constipation caused from adhesions is an obstruction as apposed to regular constipation which is delayed transit of stool. Obstruction often prevents even passage of gas so if you are not passing anything through your anus, you are more likely to have obstruction. This is an emergency because if nothing passes, the bowel can die/perforate. See a doctor asap! ...Read more

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Can abdominal adhesions cause pain after colonoscopy?

Can abdominal adhesions cause pain after colonoscopy?

Possibly: As the scope is advanced and air placed in the colon some degree of stretch and distortion can occur putting tension and possibly tearing adhesions in the abdominal cavity. These can cause pain and even potentially bleeding.If you are having pain especially with a fever or nausea, please call your endoscopist and discuss with them. They need to be aware to determine if a complication has occured. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can be done to relieve pain and symptoms for abdominal adhesions caused by 7 previous surgeries?

Is there anything that can be done to relieve pain and symptoms for abdominal adhesions caused by 7 previous surgeries?

DIET: One out of ten patients who have had abdominal surgery will require additional surgery for small bowel obstruction due to adhesive disease. If you have a narrow intestinal channel due to adhesions, certain foods(hard to digest types/large peices of meat, nuts, raw veges, beans with husks) or incomplete chewing may result in a blockage.A soft, easy to digest type of diet may be your best option. ...Read more

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What are abdominal adhesions?

What are abdominal adhesions?

Adhesions : Scar tissue which usually forms as the result of prior surgery, injuryvor in some cases significant infection.In the abdomen this scar tissue can result in a bowel blockage or obstruction. This may in turn lead to surgery to resolve the problem. This may be referred to as lysis (cutting) of adhesions. ...Read more

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What exactly are abdominal adhesions?

What exactly are abdominal adhesions?

Scar tissue: Abdominal adhesions represent scar tissue attaching between different abdominal organs. This can be triggered by any process of inflammation or surgery. Treatment is usually observation or surgery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of abdominal adhesions?

What are the symptoms of abdominal adhesions?

Zero to major: Abdominal adhesion form as a result of inflammation and the common causes include infection, trauma, benign/malignant growth, and surgery. Some adhesions are asymptomatic and found incidentally by your surgeon while attending to other problem. Some adhesions can be problematic and cause bowel obstruction and pain - a topic of heated debates. ...Read more

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Are there any good books on abdominal adhesions?

Surgery text: Schwartz sabiston may have as much as anywhere. Abdominal are fibrous bands -tissue that occur after surgery or inflammation and can attach to bowel and organs. Not a problem unless bowel gets twisted and obstructed / or one needs another abdominal operation. ...Read more

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What can I do about possible abdominal adhesions?

What can I do about possible abdominal adhesions?

No sympt? do nothing: See your doc. If you have no symptoms, e.g. Recurring pain, or blockages, then no need to do anything. Got symptoms? Individualized evaluation and treatment. Sometimes surgery is done for obstruction due to adhesions. The surgery cuts (lyses) the problem adhesions, but the surgery causes new adhesions which may or may not become a problem in the future.. ...Read more

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Dr. Hector Chapa
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Abdominal Adhesions (Definition)

Abdominal adhesions are often a complication or result of abdominal surgery, where abnormal scar tissue forms between the abdominal organs. This causes them to stick together and can lead to obstruction or ...Read more