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Intestinal obstruction symptoms?

Intestinal obstruction symptoms?

Bowel obstruction: The patient feels sick, bloated abdomen, loss of passing gas/stool, nausea, fever and vomiting. Hospital admission becomes necessary for intravenous fluids and evaluation. ...Read more

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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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Prevent abdominal adhesions from bowel obstruction?

Prevent abdominal adhesions from bowel obstruction?

Very difficult: Adhesions are bands of scar tissue that form inside the abdominal cavity after abdominal surgeries. Unfortunatel once you have them theres not much you can do to prevent a bowel obstruction in terms of diet or activity. Some people get obstructions frequently others never. If one occurs most times they can be managed without surgery but soetimes another surgery to free the intestines is necessary. ...Read more

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How to differentiat small bowel obstruction from large bowel obstruction? Medical

How to differentiat small bowel obstruction from large bowel obstruction? Medical

Difficult: Without a physical exam and full medical history. Usually a small bowel obstruction will not occur unless there is scar tissue from a past abdominal surgery. Small bowel obstruction can have abdominal pain with frequent vomiting. Large bowel obstruction is less common & can be from cancer or diverticulitis. Lack of bowel movement with colon obstruction. True bowel obstruction can be very serious. ...Read more

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Can inguinal hernia obstruct bowel movement?

Can inguinal hernia obstruct bowel movement?

It may...: The bowel sliding into hernia sac may at time become incarcerated with no hope to slide back to abdominal cavity; this condition definitely causes bowel obstruction, called incarcerated hernia, and requires emergent surgery. How to handle sickness correctly? Follow suggestion in articles listed in http://formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html. Best wish to health... ...Read more

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Can fecal impaction lead to bowel obstruction?

Can fecal impaction lead to bowel obstruction?

Yes: Fecal impaction, when severe, can be a cause of a mechanical bowel obstruction. ...Read more

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Can an inguinal hernia cause bowel obstruction?

Can an inguinal hernia cause bowel obstruction?

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 more

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How can adhesions cause small bowel obstruction?

How can adhesions cause small bowel obstruction?

Think of adhesions: as bands of fibrous scars. If one happens to form in a location that involves a bowel loop, the loop can be deformed or compressed to the point where the lumen is compromised enough to be obstructed. ...Read more

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What are Bowel Loops? Small Bowel Loops, Large Bowel Loops, etc

What are Bowel Loops?  Small Bowel Loops, Large Bowel Loops,  etc

Folds of the bowels: Your body has about 20 feet of small intestine (small bowel) and 5 feet of large intestine (large bowel). The intestines are folded and form loops to fit into the abdomen. Large bowel loop refers to the folds of the large intestine and small bowel loops refers to the folds of small intestine. This reference is usually made during xray or CT imaging done. ...Read more

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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

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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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What cause bloody stool? Blockage in colon or rectum?

What cause bloody stool? Blockage in colon or rectum?

A variety of things: Rectal bleeding may be from hemorrhoids, fistula, fissure, cancer, infection or inflammatory conditions. If this has happened more than once or is associated with abdominal pain - please ensure you get a medical evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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Can adult Hirschsprungs, redundancy of transverse colon, cause accessory spleen from spleen injury caused by colon adhesion at the splenic flexure?

Can adult Hirschsprungs, redundancy of transverse colon,  cause accessory spleen from spleen injury caused by colon adhesion at the splenic flexure?

Not quite, but....: An accessory spleen is something that one person in four is born with, or that can happen if the splenic capsule is torn and some of the pulp is released. If this happened at the time that an injury formed the colonic adjesion, this may be the explanation. Accessory spleens are little curiosities for the most part. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

Rarely: If there is enough inflammation or infection from diverticulitis, then rarely the small intestine can become attached to the colon and secondarily become inflamed or kinked in the reaction. I have seen this occur on rare occaision. So typically a small bowel obstruction would not occur in diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

Only rarely: Inflammation can cause bleeding, blockage or can allow a hole with a leak to occur. This is almost always in the large intestine. It can cause a big abscess reaction and the reaction of the body to wall this off might trap the small intestine and kink or block it. ...Read more

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What is the difference between small bowel obstruction and large bowel obstruction?

What is the difference between small bowel obstruction and large bowel obstruction?

SIMPLE: Same mechanism just different part of the bowel being affected. Either the small or large bowel. ...Read more

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Can a person with intestinal obstruction pass gas?

Can a person with intestinal obstruction pass gas?

If obstruction is: mechanical and complete or near complete, no. But diagnosis of intestinal obstruction can be tricky, and you need to have a surgeon look at you. ...Read more

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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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