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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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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

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Don't be embarrassed to discuss with your healthcare professional.
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Avoid trigger foods and activities.
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Use over the counter bulking agents like fiber.
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Use over the counter antidiarrheals.
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Is change in bowel habits caused by large bowel obstruction?

Is change in bowel habits caused by large bowel obstruction?

Large bowel blocked: Bloating, decrease in gas coming from rectum, small caliber stool, less frequent passing of stool, nausea, vomiting, fevers and abdominal pain. Large bowel obstruction is serious, so get in for evaluation. Treatment is available and sooner is better than emergency. Be well. ...Read more

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With large bowel obstruction what are my treatment options?

Bowel obstruction: Bowel obstruction can be partial or complete, due to problems outside the gut or problems within the gut, functional or space-occupying, acute or resolving, small bowel or large bowel. When obstruction is complete, surgery is needed. If due to infection, ibd, or disease external to the GI tract, treatment may be medical &/or even just observational with supportive care until the gut "wakes up.". ...Read more

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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Checklist)

Try to notice and avoid precipitating factors
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Start a trial of increased dietary fiber
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See your PMD or gastroenterologist if symptoms persist
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What do you do for a large bowel obstruction?

What do you do for a large bowel obstruction?

Find the Cause ASAP: Large bowel obstructions are very different than their small bowel counterpart (which often improves w/o surgery). If complete, imminent rx is necessary to prevent rupture (usually surgery); if partial, there are many more options. Common causes include colorectal cancers, volvulus, and inflammatory conditions like diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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What is a ?Large bowel obstruction?

What is a ?Large bowel obstruction?

Intestinal Blockage: The large intestine consists of the colon and rectum. Obstruction along any point will lead to upstream dilitation, causing nausea, vomiting, distention; if complete and untreated, rupture may occur. Common causes include cancer of the colon or rectum, twisting of the colon (volvulus), inflammatory bowel disease, and diverticulitis. Treatment hinges upon identifying the cause. ...Read more

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What do you do for a large bowel obstruction?

Find the Cause ASAP: Large bowel obstructions are very different than their small bowel counterpart (which often improves w/o surgery). If complete, imminent rx is necessary to prevent rupture (usually surgery); if partial, there are many more options. Common causes include colorectal cancers, volvulus, and inflammatory conditions like diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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How much is blocked in large bowel obstruction?

How much is blocked in large bowel obstruction?

Depends: On where the blockage is and whether it is partial or complete and what is the underlying cause of the blockage, be it adhesions, inflammation or tumor. See a surgeon for the specific answer to the specific problem. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what do you do about a large bowel obstruction?

Can you tell me what do you do about a large bowel obstruction?

Bowel obstruction: A true bowel obstruction can be a surgical emergency. Large bowel obstruction is relatively uncommon ; usually is from obstructing diverticulitis or cancer ; may need emergency surgery. Colon blockage from constipation is treated with laxatives ; sometimes enemas. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: large bowel obstruction?

What is the definition or description of: large bowel obstruction?

Colon obstruction: It means that there is an obstruction in the colon that does not allow food or fluid to pass. This could be from an infection or from cancer- but it needs to be dealt with. ...Read more

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I may have a large bowel obstruction but i'm not sure. How can I know for sure?

Obstipation: Or failure to pass stool or gas is main symptom. If it persists, severe abdominal pain and peritonitis can follow. You will need x-rays and special tests to tell for sure. If you have obstipation, you need to get to ed right away. ...Read more

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Is change in bowel habits caused by large bowel obstruction?

Large bowel blocked: Bloating, decrease in gas coming from rectum, small caliber stool, less frequent passing of stool, nausea, vomiting, fevers and abdominal pain. Large bowel obstruction is serious, so get in for evaluation. Treatment is available and sooner is better than emergency. Be well. ...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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What is the difference between a large bowel obstruction and a small bowel obstruction?

Different causes: Small bowel obstruction is rarely due to a lesion or intussuception. It is mostly due to adhesions from previous surgery. Large bowel does not obstruct from adhesions but usually an intraluminal lesion such as carcinoma of colon. ...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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With large bowel obstruction what are my treatment options?

Bowel obstruction: Bowel obstruction can be partial or complete, due to problems outside the gut or problems within the gut, functional or space-occupying, acute or resolving, small bowel or large bowel. When obstruction is complete, surgery is needed. If due to infection, ibd, or disease external to the GI tract, treatment may be medical &/or even just observational with supportive care until the gut "wakes up.". ...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

Large Bowel (Definition)

Large bowel, or large intestine connects terminal ileum of small bowel to rectum. Begins at the ileo-cecal valve and comprises cecum, ascendind, transverse, descending and sigmoid colon. Resposible for: 1) intestinal water resorption of ingested fluids, gastric & small intestinal digestive juices. 2) transporting end products of digestion & bacterial waste ...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