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How long can one have a colon obstruction from cancer (causing pencil thin stool) before it becomes fully obstructed (years, months, weeks?)estimate?

How long can one have a  colon obstruction from cancer (causing pencil thin stool) before it becomes fully obstructed (years, months, weeks?)estimate?

Not answerable : There is no good answer to this question. There are numerous cancers with different growth patterns. The location in the colon also affects this as a more distal cancer will obstruct sooner. ...Read more

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Obstruction (Definition)

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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What's the standard treatment of post op adhesions which causes obstruction in the small intestines after a sigmoid colon cancer surgery?

What's the standard treatment of post op adhesions which causes obstruction in the small intestines after a sigmoid colon cancer surgery?

None: There is no rx for adhesions themselves. If they cause a bowel obstruction then that will be treated with a tube through the nose to decompress the bowel and no food for a few days. If that doesnt work then surgery may be required. ...Read more

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What can be done about a colon obstruction?

What can be done about a colon obstruction?

Surgery ussually: Colon obstruction can be caused by benign conditions(diverticulitis, volvulus or twisting, constipation, inflamatory bowel didease) or cancer. Sometimes medications or minor procedures can help( atleast temporarily) , surgery is usually required for majority of causes, especially when cancer is associated. ...Read more

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Can scope or stents be used on obstructions in the ascending colon?

Can scope or stents be used on obstructions in the ascending colon?

Yes: But more difficult to place then descending, sigmoid, or rectum. ...Read more

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Is intestinal obstruction a symptom of colon cancer?

Is intestinal obstruction a symptom of colon cancer?

All too often: It is not uncommon for colon cancers to not cause symptoms until they reach a size sufficient to block the lumen of the colon; at this point, people will typically present with cramping abdominal pain, severe bloating, and vomiting. These findings often indicate an advanced cancer that may require emergency surgery (+/-stent). The goal of screening is to find cancers before any symptoms develop. ...Read more

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If a tumor on the left colon began to narrow one's colon causing constipation symptoms, would it be months or years before causing an obstruction?

If a tumor on the left colon began to narrow one's colon causing constipation symptoms, would it be months or years before causing an obstruction?

Depends: Some grow at different rates--weeks to months more likely time frame. General health, weight, and other factors impact this as well. ...Read more

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Is intestinal obstruction an early symptom of colon cancer?

Is intestinal obstruction an early symptom of colon cancer?

No: This is more commonly a late symptom of colon cancer. It is almost impossible to obstruct for right sided colon cancer. Intestinal obstruction can presnet with a changes in bowel habits or constipation. ...Read more

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If somone has pencil thin stools due to colon tumor would obstruction relieve itself so that stool becomes thicker some other days?

If somone has pencil thin stools due to colon tumor would obstruction relieve itself so that stool becomes thicker  some other  days?

Not likely: In an untreated patient with colon cancer the partial obstruction would not relieve itself. The stools would become progressively thinner until the patient would not be able to have a bowel movement at all. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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Occlusion (Definition)

This refers to how the teeth come together. There are 3 classifications: normal or class i, an excessive overbite or class ii, and an ...Read more