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What are signs and symptoms of bowel obstruction?

What are signs and symptoms of bowel obstruction?

Crampy pain, nausea: Bowel obstruction usually begins with loss of appetite and crampy pain in the abdomen. Usually, bowel gas and bowel movements slow down, and in some cases completely stop. Since food and saliva can't go anywhere, vomiting usually occurs. Most people who have a bowel obstruction have had previous surgery. ...Read more

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Paralytic Ileus (Definition)

A paralytic ileus is when the intestines which are basically muscular tubes are temporarily unable to contract and move intestinal contents through the GI tract. This is often caused by abdominal surgery but other causes could be infections and inflammatory bowel diseaese. It will usually ...Read more


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Describe signs and symptoms of a bowel obstruction?

Describe signs and symptoms of a bowel obstruction?

Pain and vomiting: The usual symptoms if a bowel obstruction include campy abdominal pain and abdominal distension and vomiting and decreased vowel movements hospital admission is required. ...Read more

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Signs and symptoms of mild ulcerative colitis? I know bloody, mucus stools and abdominal pain are symptoms.Are these symptoms present in mild disease?

Signs and symptoms of mild ulcerative colitis? I know bloody, mucus stools and abdominal pain are symptoms.Are these symptoms present in mild disease?

They can be, but...: ...unless you get tested & appropriately treated there's no diagnosis. At this point, while ulcerative colitis is in the differential, there are many other possibilities to consider that present with the symptoms you describe. Please see your doctor now. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and signs of severe acute respiratory syndrome (sars)?

What are the symptoms and signs of severe acute respiratory syndrome (sars)?

Unusual presentation: The prodrome is often somewhat prolonged, lasting for three to seven days and is characterized by fever (temperature ?100.5ºf [>38ºc]) malaise, headache, and myalgias. Unlike many all other resp viral prodromes, most patients have no upper resp symptoms during this stage. At the end of this prodrome, the respiratory phase begins with a nonproductive cough, and may lead to dyspnea and resp failure. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of mild Ulcerative Colitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of mild Ulcerative Colitis?

Ulcerative Colitis: Common symptoms include bloody stools or diarrhea, lower abdominal pain, fevers. Anyone with blood in their stools should have it evaluated. Sometimes it's nothing serious, like a hemorrhoid or an anal fissure. But if you have ulcerative colitis (an autoimmune disease), you need to be followed by a GI specialist all your life, so find out for sure. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of impending delirium tremens (dts)?

What are the signs and symptoms of impending delirium tremens (dts)?

Can be severe: Delirium tremens or alcohol withdrawal syndrome can have very severe symtpoms. These may include tremenulousness, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, high blood pressure, high heart rate, sweating. This can lead to seizures in the extreme cases. The seizures are usually generalized with uncontrolled movements of all of the limbs. ...Read more

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What are some early signs and symptoms of gall bladder disease/stones?

What are some early signs and symptoms of gall bladder disease/stones?

Pain: Gallstones may cause pain by blocking the outflow of bile from the gallbladder. This will cause non-cramping, non-burning, steady pain, localized to the right upper- or upper midline abdomen, +/- radiation into back. As abruptly as the pain begins, it tends to subside after an hour or so. It often follows meals, especially fatty, fried foods. It also may be associated with nausea +/- vomiting. ...Read more

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What are bowel obstruction symptoms?

What are bowel obstruction symptoms?

Pain and distension: First comes abdominal pain followed by abdominal swelling + tenderness. Then vomiting of stomach contents followed by greenish (bile)vomiting. May feel like passing flatus, but cannot + bowel movements will cease. Abdominal sounds will be absent due to ileus. Plain abdominal xray will demonstrate distended bowel loops with "air fluid levels. See dr. For severe pain, abdo distension + green vomitus. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of gallbladder problems?

What are signs and symptoms of gallbladder problems?

Pain on right: Your liver is on your right side below the ribs. Gallbladder is tucked under the liver. Right side abdominal pain, above the belly button is usually where it hurts with a bad gallbladder. The pain occurs after eating, especially fatty foods, can be severe. If pain lasts more than an hour or if you vomit get to your doctor. Ultrasound can diagnose. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of astroparesis and aspiration pneumonia?

What are the signs and symptoms of astroparesis and aspiration pneumonia?

Gastroparesis &Pneum: Gastroparesis is delayed emptying of food from stomach into intestines, which increases the chances of food coming up the esophagus as reflux. This can lead to its aspiration into the airways, causing symptoms such as cough, congestion, throat pain, frequent pneumonias etc. Gastroparesis can lead to sensation of full stomach, heaviness, bloating etc. ...Read more

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What are bowel obstruction symptoms and the treatment?

What are bowel obstruction symptoms and the treatment?

Numerous: Abdominal pain, distention, lack of passage of stool or gas, nausea, vomitting, fever, loss of appetite. If in doubt, do not delay in seeking medical attention either at your doctor or the emrgencey room. If confirmed, initial treatment is bowel rest, most reolve but some will require surgical intervention if they dont resolve with bowel rest. ...Read more

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Symptoms signs and treatment of pneumonitist?

Symptoms signs and treatment of pneumonitist?

Pnuemonitis: Pneumonitis is a general term that refers to inflammation of lung tissue. Difficulty breathing, often accompanied by a cough, is the most common symptom along with cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, unintentional weight loss. Specialized tests are necessary to make a diagnosis. Treatment focuses on avoiding irritants and reducing inflammation. ...Read more

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Are nausea and vomiting seen as symptoms of whiplash?

Are nausea and vomiting seen as symptoms of whiplash?

Occasionally: I have seen this very occasionally but it is not a typical complaint of someone with whiplash. There are a few serious causes of nausea and vomiting that can occur after a whiplash accident and if you are having these symptoms you should see a doctor right away to make sure there is nothing serious going on. ...Read more

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Is diarrhea and colic signs of labor?

Is diarrhea and colic signs of labor?

Possibly: GI symptoms can often be early signs of the onset of labor. It can also be something you ate of signs of the onset of a stomach virus. If you are term, sit back and relax and see if contractions ensue. If you are not due yet, get bed rest and call doctor if any contractions start. ...Read more

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Signs or symptoms of hyperglycemic patients?

Signs or symptoms of hyperglycemic patients?

Hyperglycemia: Symptoms of hyperglycemia can include feeling tired, thirstiness, increased urination, blurry vision or headache. Symptoms with ketoacidosis can include: weakness, confusion, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, breath which smells like fruit & abdominal pain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: paralytic ileus?

Temporary condition: A paralytic ileus is when the intestines which are basically muscular tubes are temporarily unable to contract and move intestinal contents through the GI tract. This is often caused by abdominal surgery but other causes could be infections and inflammatory bowel diseaese. It will usually resolve on its own. ...Read more

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Do people with paralytic ileus have a lot of pain?

Do people with paralytic ileus have a lot of pain?

Highly variable.: Paralytic ileus describes dysfunction of the intestinal tract where the bowels "shut off" causing bloating, nausea+/-vomiting, and cramping pain. Ileus is always secondary to an underlying process in the abdomen (infection, intestinal surgery); therefore, there may be pain associated with the primary process, as well. Once the primary process is treated, intestinal function returns to normal. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism of paralytic ileus seen post-operatively?

Many causes: Ileus is a common condition after abdominal surgery, and occasional after major operations not related to the abdomen. Usually is cause by manipulation of the bowel during surgery, anesthesia, narcotics for pain, can last for several days to a couple of weeks. It is recommended for patients to ambulate the next day after surgery to stimulate bowel function and to minimized narcotics. ...Read more

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What is the exact mechanism of paralytic ileus post-operatively.?

What is the exact mechanism of paralytic ileus post-operatively.?

Common: This is a normal or common reaction to the trauma of surgery, anesthetics, and narcotic pain medication. These all cause the muscular wall of the small intestine to essentially fall asleep and stop functioning. This then results in temporary build up of air and fluid inside the intestines. As the intestinal wall awakens, abdominal cramping may occur, then they gradually return to normal function. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the exact mechanism of paralytic ileus seen post-operatively?

Please help! what is the exact mechanism of paralytic ileus seen post-operatively?

Post-op ileus: Whenever the intestines are handled in surgery, the normal motion can decrease. Each short piece of bowel squeezes and pushes the food inside along the bowel. After surgery, the pushing is not coordinated, and the fluid in the bowel can back up. All narcotic pain medication slows the bowel down as well. Your surgeon may not want to let you eat - you will be more likely to throw up. ...Read more

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Info on paralytic ileus following correction of scoliosis?

Info on paralytic ileus following correction of scoliosis?

Whatch for: Superior mesenteric artery syndrome resolves with time belly rest narcotics can be cause. ...Read more

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How long from post op paralytic ileus to severe stomach distension?

How long from post op paralytic ileus to severe stomach distension?

Need an evaluation: One worries about adhesions after surgery - that might cause partial blockage and distension of the stomach or intestine. If you are having severe distension, you need to see your physician, find out what is causing the problem, and, hopefully, finding a solution ...Read more

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Could low sodium levels lead to muscle issues including difficulty in walking or could it cause tge muscles in the bowel to slow like paralytic ileus?

Maybe: Low sodium is not commonly seen unless it is due to some blood pressure medications. Athletes who may drink too much water during an event can also get low sodium. Very low sodium can cause weakness and confusion. Intestinal ileus and some muscle cramping is more commonly due to low potassium. ...Read more

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What are the common signs and symptoms of MS in a 24 year woman?

What are the common signs and symptoms of MS in a 24 year woman?

Varies: MS symptoms vary greatly from person to person ranging from numbness to shooting pain. However the most common symptom is likely fatigue. If you are concerned about this problem, consider consulting a neurologist. ...Read more

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What are the early signs and symptoms in most patients with ms?

What are the early signs and symptoms in most patients with ms?

Classical onset: Unilateral loss of vision, loss of balance and coordination, electrical shocks down back on flexion of neck, weakness and stiffness in legs, but also, more subtle, including focal weakness, fatigue, cognitive deterioration, double vision, dizziness, etc. Important, these presentations may be associated with other illnesses, and, in themselves are not diagnostic. ...Read more

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What tests would reveal possible paralytic ilieus? What are the most common symptoms?

What tests would reveal possible paralytic ilieus? What are the most common symptoms?

Possible paralytic i: Abdominal pain, distention, bloating, nausea, vomiting, unable to tolerate food, "gassiness", difficulty passing gas are some symptoms. The setting, history and physical examination generally provide the answer. An abdominal x-ray & sometime ct will often be required. Blood magnesium & potassium levels are useful since associated with ileus. Other labs help manage but not diagnose. ...Read more

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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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Can Ileus cause stomach growling and slight lower back pain? How long does the symptoms last?

Can Ileus cause stomach growling and slight lower back pain? How long does the symptoms last?

Ileus: implies decreased or absent bowel activity, characterized by a lack of bowel sounds. It could cause pain via constipation, bloating, or lead to obstruction. The duration depends on the cause, which includes surgery, certain medications, illnesses, and neurologic disorders. ...Read more

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Back surgery 9 days ago. What are early signs of an ileus. No bm x8days, went from hard rock like stools to bright orange diarrhea all today.

Back surgery 9 days ago. What are early signs of an ileus. No bm x8days, went from hard rock like stools to bright orange diarrhea all today.

Multiple : Signs of ileus can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal distension, lack of bowel movement, no flats (gas). If you are having bowel movements, you do not have an ileus; but you could be having other GI problems and I would not hesitate to let your doctor know. ...Read more

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Does fluid and stool filled loops in small bowel w abnormal gas pattern w no inflammation or obstruction a sign of ileus?

Does fluid and stool filled loops in small bowel w abnormal gas pattern w no inflammation or obstruction a sign of ileus?

Possibly: Ileus refers to disruption in normal propulsive activity of the GI tract. The bowel dilates with gas and stool and there is no evidence of bowel sounds when auscultating the abdomen. Present usage restricts the term to disruptions caused by the failure of peristalsis, rather than by mechanical obstruction usually induced by a parasympathetic response due to surgery, infection or medications ...Read more

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Is ileus with fecal stasis dangerous?

Not usually: An ileus is a slowing down of the motility or flow through the bowel, and can occur typically when someone is taking a lot of pain meds, or has recently had a big operation. Some metabolic problems can cause it also. It generally doesn't require an operation, contrary to a bowel obstruction, which may. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the two. A surgeon can help differentiate. ...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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Can small ileus be mistaken for hiatal herna?

Can small ileus be mistaken for hiatal herna?

Different problems: A hiatal hernia is when part of the stomach squeezes up into the chest area through a weak spot in the sheet of muscle (the diaphragm) that separates the chest from the abdomen. A hiatal hernia should not resemble an ileus, which is not a part of the body, but is a condition in which the intestines are very quiet and not moving. With an ilieus, the stomach won't empty and the person will vomit. ...Read more

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Ileus (Definition)

A condition in which a person's stomach, small intestine, and large intestine stop moving. Solids and liquids stay where they are, instead of ...Read more