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Doctor insights on: How Long Should Bowel Perforation Last

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For how long can someone live with a bowel perforation?

For how long can someone live with a bowel perforation?

A few painful days: A perforation of the bowel, by any cause, usually causes leakage of intestinal fluid into the abdomen around the intestine. A very severe infection starts rapidly that typically leads to a painful death in only a few days. Operation to repair the perforation and clean out the infection as well as antibiotics are usually needed. ...Read more

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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How long can someone have a bowel perforation and be unaware of it?

How long can someone have a bowel perforation and be unaware of it?

Most will be aware: Generally a bowel perforation causes peritonitis and severe symptoms. On occasion a small perforation can become walled off and not cause peritonitis but it still would cause symptoms in most, but not all, cases. Patients on corticosteroid medication can have a "silent" perforation. The very elderly and patients debilitated by other illness may also have "silent" perforations. ...Read more

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How long after a laposcopic surgery will you know if you have bowel perforation?

Usually in days : If a perforation happens, a known complication of laparoscopic surgery, the size of the opening will regulate how much bowel content may leak. Location in small (lq) or large bowel (solid) affects likely leakage. Small holes may quickly seal up and cause no problem. Leaks that are larger will typically cause peritoneal inflammation (peritonitis) and usually be noticed within a few days (2-3). ...Read more

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After bowel perforation with entercocci in blood, how long before sepsis kills a person?

After bowel perforation with entercocci in blood, how long before sepsis kills a person?

Untreated, it's fast: As short as an hour if we don't get effective treatment. Treated, it's quite survivable most of the time. ...Read more

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How do people treat bowel perforation?

How do people treat bowel perforation?

Bowel perforation: Treatment is mostly by surgery if patient has peritonitis. If diverticulitis causes a perforation sometimes long term antibiotics are needed, and surgery may be avoided. ...Read more

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What are the tests for bowel perforation?

What are the tests for bowel perforation?

Physical examination: Intestinal perforation is a very serious and life threatening condition that requires immediate physical examination by a doctor. This is an emergency situation. Blood tests, x-ray, and ct scan are likely the first tests performed. ...Read more

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What symptoms does someone with bowel perforation always have?

What symptoms does someone with bowel perforation always have?

Bowel perforation: Usually associated with severe abdominal pain, the patient is usually not able to move much, and laying still helps decrease the pain. Fever and increase in WBC count is also a finding as well as free air on xrays. ...Read more

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What are some warning signs of bowel perforation? Especially if it's minor, like a small hole or tear?

What are some warning signs of bowel perforation? Especially if it's minor, like a small hole or tear?

Abdominal pain : It all depends whether it is stomach, small bowel or large bowel. Most of them will present with a quite severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, fever in an otherwise healthy patient. Most of these patients will end up in the hospital quickly due to the pain. The symptoms may be much les prominent in an immunocompromised patients. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm afraid of losing my natural flora and also of bowel perforation. How likely are these risks?

What to do if i'm afraid of losing my natural flora and also of bowel perforation. How likely are these risks?

Unlikely: These are unlikely scenarios if your bowel is otherwise healthy, you do not have inflammatory bowel disease, take antibiotics chronically, or are being treated with chemotherapy. Eating sensibly allows the body to keep its natural bowel flora in balance. ...Read more

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Bowel Perforation (Definition)

Gastrointestinal perforation is a hole that develops through the entire wall of the stomach, small intestine, large bowel, or gallbladder. This condition ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more