Doctor insights on:
The Bowel Anatomy
I'm 20 weeks 3 days. I had my anatomy scan done and got the results that there was 2 soft spots on the on kidneys and bowels. Should I be worried?
Not yet!: Hi Kayla. I recommend you see a maternal-fetal medicine doctor to perform a level II ultrasound. This doctor will also offer genetic testing. Once these results are back, you will be either no longer worried or very prepared. This is the great benefit of seeking prenatal care and you are taking great care of your baby. ...Read more
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
Got an anatomy us done and my baby has a bubble in its abdomen but there is no blood flow to it. Is that a good sign I have to go for further us.
Abdominal Bubble ?: Not sure about the question. I am sure your md will explain the result of the ultrasound. ...Read more
Probably: Bowel movement regularity can vary from daily to every two or three days. Most people average at least daily but we are all different. I would encourage healthy diet and exercise with making sure you get appropriate fiber in your diet for colon health. If you experience any slowing down in your bowel movemente then start with gentle osmotic laxatives like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or stool softener colace. ...Read more
Too Little Intestine: Certain medical conditions require emergency removal of a significant amount of the small intestine. We see this in infancy associated with necrotizing enterocolitis and in adults when the blood supply to the small intestine is cut-off. The small bowel is responsible for digesting nutrients within our diet; if a lot of the small intestine is missing, nutritional deficiencies occur. ...Read more
Bowel Problems: Bowel problems run a whole spectrum...From mild to very severe. Some bowel problems, such as crohn's disease, can be quite incapacitating. Some bowel problems, such as mesenteric ischemia, can cause gangrene of the bowels, which can be life threatening. I suggest you discuss whatever bowel problems you are having with your primary care physician or with your specialist. ...Read more
Surgery: depend what cause the ischemia and for how long the ischemia lasted if caught early we might be able to restore the circulation to the bowels by embolectomy. or by lysing the clot. if not surgery will allow the removal of all dead guts,but if the problem is the entire small bowel most likely that will not be compatible with life unless the patient lives on TPN total venous nutrition,which is hard. ...Read more
You cannot: Bowel obstruction is a medical emergency and you should go to an er right away. It can be caused by foreign objects, tumors, serious vascular problems, bowel twisting, or an infolding termed intussecption. These may need surgical intervention and the er is the point of entry for the next steps. ...Read more
Depends: Did you have surgery to treat the obstruction? Were you hospitalized and treated medically only? Are you describing bowel constipation? Takes 4-6 weeks to recover from surgery. Takes a few days to recover after medical treatment. Would need much more detailed medical information to answer further. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What symptoms ?: Your question is too nonspecific & offers no information about your symptoms, signs, risks. "bowel problems" run the spectrum from cancer to infection, inflammation, ischemia, metabolic disorders, motility issues. Symptoms may include: altered stooling, bleeding, pain, weight loss, obstruction, rectal dysfunction, malabsorption/maldigestion, more. See our problem--please help with more info. ...Read more