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If imaging shows focal area of ileus, can this be indicative of small bowel perf?

If imaging shows focal area of ileus, can this be indicative of small bowel perf?

Not likely: What kind of imaging was done? If it was a CT, free air from a perforation should be readily visible. ...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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Apparently I have an ileus vs partial small bowel obstruction. What's the tx for at home? How long it take to recover? Ss- severe nausea & llq pain.

Apparently I have an ileus vs partial small bowel obstruction. What's the tx for at home? How long it take to recover? Ss- severe nausea & llq pain.

GI issue: You need to try and better understand what the cause of the issue. It can be treated at home with hydration and bowel rest if it is due to gastroenteritis. If there is a functional cause you may need to be in the hospital and possibly need surgery to fix. ...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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I had surgery to remove 30in S bowel, start of L bowel removed and stoma fitted to my small bowel How long is it that I eat that it ends up in the bag?

I had surgery to remove 30in S bowel, start of L bowel removed and stoma fitted to my small bowel How long is it that I eat that it ends up in the bag?

My guess is...: ...6-8 hours, based on normal stomach and small bowel motility. However, I anticipate some accommodation of function in the remaining gut to make up for the lost segment, assuming absence of inflammation, infection, maldigestion/malabsorption, or use of promotility agents. ...Read more

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What does small bowel reflux mean?

What does small bowel reflux mean?

Biliary reflux: Biliary reflux, bile reflux or duodenogastric reflux is a condition that occurs when bile flows upward (refluxes) from the duodenum into the stomach and esophagus. While bile reflux involves fluid from the small intestine flowing into the stomach and esophagus, acid reflux is back flow of stomach acid into the esophagus. SEE: http://bit.ly/1CERl6k ...Read more

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Does colonoscopy reach the small bowel?

Does colonoscopy reach the small bowel?

Yes: A complete colonoscopy reaches the most distal part of the small bowel. When the colonoscopy is being done to evaluate for small bowel conditions, like crohn's disease, the operator will go into the small bowel and take biopsies. ...Read more

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What occurs during a small bowel series?

What occurs during a small bowel series?

See answer: This procedure is simple for you. You drink barium in a special liquid so that it coats your small bowel. The barium usually takes about 1 1/2 hours to pass through your small bowel (intestine). It can take awhile (sometimes over 3 hours) for the barium to move through your intestines so be prepared to be there awhile. During this time, multiple x-ray images will be taken. ...Read more

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What are some types of small bowel problems?

What are some types of small bowel problems?

Malabsoption: Celiac disease affects about 1% of the people in the us and there are other problems related to enzyme deficiencies, e.G, lactose intolerance. Increased absorption of iron and hemochromatosis. Less commonly inflammatory bowel disease, e.g., crohn disease, parasites, and tumors. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a test of X-ray of small bowel?

What does it mean when a test of X-ray of small bowel?

Looking at intestine: A small bowel xray is one way that doctors can check to see it looks the way it should and can help decide if it working the way it should. Usually you are given something to drink (a thick substance called barium) that makes your intestines show up on the xray. Depending on how your intestine looks on the xray, it can help doctors find the problem. ...Read more

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Why do I have hard small bowel release, goat-like bowel sizes?

Why do I have hard small bowel release, goat-like bowel sizes?

Dehydration: Pelletized stool is most often due to inadequate fluids or an excee of caffeinated or alcoholic fluids, both of which dehydrate you. Be sure to take in 80-100 ounces of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluid everyday, more if you excercise. Try this for 2 weeks and if not improved, see a colorectal specialist or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What could cause a 4 year old to have a hole in the small bowel?

A lot of things: A lot of things can cause it. However, if he is otherwise healthy, high up on my list would be ingestion of something sharp, like a piece of metal or glass. Kids eat all kinds of crazy stuff, i hope it works out. ...Read more

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Had a small bowel series- they said it would take a few hours. Mine took 35 minutes, what's this mean?!

Had a small bowel series- they said it would take a few hours. Mine took 35 minutes, what's this mean?!

There is a wide: range of normal, and they were preparing you for the worst case scenario. 35 minutes is not abnormal. ...Read more

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What is transit time (hours) through the small bowel?

What is transit time (hours) through the small bowel?

Variable: The transit time in the bowel can vary from person to person and with diet. The normal small bowel transit time has been shown to vary from 15 min to up to 5 hours. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: small bowel?

What is the definition or description of: small bowel?

Small bowel: Small bowel refers to the small intestine. This is the portion of the intestine immediately after the stomach. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long it takes the small bowel to die off ?

Several hrs.: Death of small bowel is a vascular phenomenon. If blood suuply is lost from surgical compromise of blood supply or a thrombus, the bowel will die within seversl hrs. If there is a question of compromise in blood supply but bowel still looks viable by Methylene Blue injection into blood supply then one may re explore in 24 hrs. To evaluate status of bowel for resection or not. ...Read more

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Would you advise bowel removal for a six cm stricture of the small bowel?

Would you advise bowel removal for a six cm stricture of the small bowel?

Depends: How narrow is the lumen at the site of stricture? What caused the stricture? Do you have any symptoms of intestinal obstruction? If what caused the stricture has abated and you do not have intestinal symptoms, you may wait and watch. ...Read more

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What is the scientifically accepted (based on studies) transit time range for the small bowel?

Varies: Small bowel transit time vary among people depending on multiple factors. From your listed conditions it sounds like a Bowel Transit Study may have been ordered. I found this article easy to read and hope it answers your question. http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/digestion/basics/transit.html ...Read more

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Ileus (Definition)

A slowing, or non-functioning condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Usually caused by trauma or injury, ...Read more


Small Bowel (Definition)

Small bowel refers to the small intestine. This is the portion of the intestine ...Read more