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Doctor insights on: Large Bowel Obstruction

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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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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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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


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Bowel Obstruction (Definition)

The intestinal tract is one, long distensible pipe from the stomach to the anus consisting of 30-40 ft of small intestine (for nutrient absorption) and 5 ft of large intestine (for water absorption). Obstruction may occur at any point, causing upstream distention, cramping pain, vomiting, and obstipation (no gas or bm out the bottom). Rx may require surgery ...Read more