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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Ileus (Overview)

Ileus is a slowing, or non-functioning condition of the gastrointestinal tract. The movement of food, digestive juices is slowed, leading to distension, sometimes back-up and vomiting. It is usually caused by trauma or injury, often by surgery itself. Usually responds to patience, time, supportive care.


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What is the definition of spastic ileus?

What is the definition of spastic ileus?

Ileus: Ileus is the development of distention of the intestines as a result of decreased peristaltic motility. Usually this is the response of the gut to some type of noxious stimulus, either traumatic, infectious or inflammatory. The distension can mimic bowel obstruction and this needs to be differentiated, typically by watchful waiting. Ileus will resolve by correcting the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
60 doctors shared insights

Ileus (Overview)

Ileus is a slowing, or non-functioning condition of the gastrointestinal tract. The movement of food, digestive juices is slowed, leading to distension, sometimes back-up and vomiting. It is usually caused by trauma or injury, often by surgery itself. Usually responds to patience, time, supportive care.


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What are the most common symptoms of ileus?

What are the most common symptoms of ileus?

Agree w Dr Hoepfner: Paralytic Ileus symptoms may include: nausea, vomiting, abdominal distention, ^ gas, abdominal pain to include cramps, constipation/ loose stools, bad breath, inability to pass gas or feces. ...Read more

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My son has been diagnosed with an ileus(no surgery). How can I find out cause and ways to prevent. He was told by his gastro to eat more fiber...

My son has been diagnosed with an ileus(no surgery). How can I find out cause and ways to prevent. He was told by his gastro to eat more fiber...

Multiple causes: Your son has a ileus. He has most likely had a recent illness. He may have a respiratory virus etc. This can cause ileus. Electrolytes like potassium being abnormal can also cause ileus. It does not mean blockage. Time and support usually work. Narcotic medication can also cause ileus. A diet high in fiber may help minimize ileus but treating underlying cause is still important. ...Read more

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Any ideas why pancreatitis cause an ileus?

Any ideas why pancreatitis cause an ileus?

Adynamic ileus: is caused by different things, including inflammation. Pancreatitis, or inflammation of pancreas, causes irritation of peritoneal cavity, causing intestinal motility to slow down or stop, which is the cause of adynamic ileus. Typically, ileus caused by pancreatitis persists longer than the pancreatitis itself. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have ileus, but I don't understand. What does it mean?

My doctor says I have ileus, but I don't understand. What does it mean?

Sluggish intestines: Intestinal motility paralysis, or ileus, is seen after abdominal surgery, or it can be associated with many medical conditions. It resolves as the conditions improve, or with recovery from the surgery. ...Read more

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Moderate amount of stool in colon and mild ileus. What is the best and fastest way to relieve all this backup of stool and gas? What should I avoid?

Moderate amount of stool in colon and mild ileus. What is the best and fastest way to relieve all this backup of stool and gas? What should I avoid?

Depends on the cause: Ileus means that there is loss of the normal propulsive ability of the gastrointestinal tract - it can be mild or severe, depending on the cause. Many post-op ileus is caused by narcotics taken for pain control. This is often manifest as constipation. The treatment for this is walking, reducing narcotic intake, drinking enough water and on occasion, taking a laxative. ...Read more

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Focal ileus causes?

Focal ileus causes?

Almost anything: Any illness, particularly in the abdomen, can cause an ileus. Common examples--urinary infection, pneumonia, injury, broken bones, any localized area of inflammation in the abdomen, including appendicitis, diverticulitis, viral illness. ...Read more

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What is focal ileus?

What is  focal ileus?

Intestine: Part of the intestine lacking the normal peristaltic movement that helps push digested food along the gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more

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How is ileus diagnosed?

How is ileus diagnosed?

Ileus: by X RAY. and by good physical exam, decrease or absent bowel sounds can signal ileus ...Read more