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What are some obvious symptoms of a bowel obstruction and what do they do for treatment?

What are some obvious symptoms of a bowel obstruction and what do they do for treatment?

Several: Abdominal colicky pain, abdominal distention, no stool or flatus, nausea, fever, vomitting. Initially, they need to confirm obstruction with an exam and an xray or ct scan. Then initially will be treated with complete bowel rest(nothing by mouth) and IV fluids, with or without a nasogastric tube. If it doesn't resolve in 24 hours surgery may be necessary. Good luck. ...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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Bowel obstruction symptoms and treatment, what to do?

Bowel obstruction symptoms and treatment, what to do?

If truly obstructed: this can be a medical emergency and needs diagnosis immediately and prompt treatment initiation. Go to the ER if you can't be seen today by your doctor. ...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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I was wondering what are some symptoms of a bowel obstruction and what would they do for treatment?

Bowel obstruction: Mainly these include abdominal pain , distention (swelling), nausea, vomiting treatment varies and can either include nasogastric decompression and hydration to surgical intervention. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for small bowel obstruction?

What is the best treatment for small bowel obstruction?

See doctor: If you have an acute small bowel obstruction you should get emergency care. There are several possibilities and you will likely need to be hospitalized for at least short period of time since you will likely not be able to eat or drink until issue is resolved. ...Read more

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What occurs if you have a small bowel obstruction and u don't take any medical treatment for it?

If it turns: Into a complete sbo, it can strangulate and cause peritonitis and death. Other complications such as aspiration of vomitus and electrolyte abnormalities that cause heart problems are also possible. As you can see, it is best to have medical treatment for any sbo. ...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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Is there any relation betn constipation/partial bowel obstruction and acid reflux?Wht relieves constipation?Tried fiber, plenty of water w/o much help.

Constipation: Constipation can cause partial obstruction. The partial obstruction could lead to easy fullness and worsen reflux. Increased activity, fluids, fiber, stool softners and laxatives are main treatment. Evaluation to rule out mechanical obstruction including colonoscopy may be indicated in some cases. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a partial bowel obstruction and still have solid bowels?

Yes: Half your stool volume is bacteria and sloughed cells. Bowel obstruction is serious. Be sure your doctor is following you. Don't become malnourished or dehydrated. ...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


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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