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Twisted Bowel Human
What does it mean to have a twisted bowel? Does it mean that your intestines are literally twisted?
Yes: Usually this is a developmental defect in whcih the intestine are not properly attached to the abdominal wall. The intestine can actually twist on itself and become blocked. If prolonged it can lead to loss of blood supply and death of that section of intestine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I found out today i have a twisted bowel. How likely am i to have surgery and how likely is it that i could die from this? I haven't seen the GI Dr
See a surgeon.: If you've had surgery before, it is likely that you might have adhesions. Though most adhesion related bowel obstruction clears up with conservative measures, some cases need to undergo surgery again. It would be best for you to see a reputable conservative surgeon as soon as possible to get a better assessment clinically and with imaging studies. ...Read more
I have a kink/ twisted bowel and have been told by the doctors that they wont operate as it could be dangerous I have put up with this for 14 years.
My hubby had op for twisted bowel 9 years ago. Recently, every couple of weeks he gets severe bloating pain with diarrhoea. Could this be related?
Could be adhesions: see your physician or the previous surgeon or both. ...Read more
My dad is 81 and has a twisted bowel he is in hospital for 7 days and there no Chang in him how long will it take?
What is the chance of a child having a twisted bowel due to severe impaction? Giving senokot (senna) at bedtime one time no large movement yet tried supposito
Needs some help: I would take her to your pcp and see if s/he can help you get this painful process some help.I end up sending 1 kid every year or two to the x-ray department where they use a soluable contrast material to loosen and wash out the lower bowel.The study will also reveal some enlargement of the colon from stool retention. Agressave daily emptying and oral wetting agents can help this resolve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had sigmoidoscopy to straighten out a twisted bowel - sigmoid volvulus. Afterwards, I pooped 11 times clearing 6 days of constipation in 1 day, but since then - 3 days - only passing clear liquid even though I've been eating well. Is this normal? Am I co
I have been suffering for 2 month, dr said its twisted bowel and give me pills for relief of stomach ache, doesn't work, i think its too late?
Need Definitive Dx: "twisted bowel" usually refers to a small bowel obstruction, a diagnosis that can only be made by history (vomiting, pain, no flatus or bm) exam(distention), and x-ray; with few exceptions, this requires hospitalization & possible surgery. If this does not go along with your clinical picture, i would search for an alternate diagnosis--perhaps a second opinion would be a good idea? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Quite possibly: You say your small intestine was knotted up. That could indeed be midgut volvulus in which your small bowel was twisted around a narrow mesentery, or connection of the bowel to the back of the abdominal cavity. That is almost always seen in intestinal malrotation, when the bowel did not situate in the right location in the abdomen as it was being formed in the fetus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can severe long term bloating damage the intestine permanently? Does it cause diverticular, volvulus or adhesions? Thank you
Think garden hose: The intestines are a complex & long tubular structure with some parts firmly attached & some parts that float somewhat freely in the abdomen. If the free floating parts become twisted on them self, it not only stops flow as it would in your hose, it can begin to cut off the blood supply. If left untreated, the gut can die & start leaking contents & germs into the abdomen. This can be fatal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do you confirm twisted bowels? I haven't been able to have a normal bowel movement in over 5 days and when I do it is loose. Have a lot of gas too.
Constipation: It is unusual not to have a bm in five days. Is this a persistent problem? If so, you may have slow transit constipation. Therapy is indicated. Work-up may include several tests to determine the appropriate therapy. Consult a GI doc or colorectal surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
8yr old had appendix removed & had 2nd surgery for bowel obstr. & twisted colon. 2yrs later has stomach cramps, food coming up, burning, vomit help!
Time for a visit: I would take the kid to urgent care or the er now. With that history, the potential for certain parts of the intestines to stick to each other and possible bind or twist will remain a possibility. A review of the history, exam and possible xrays will be needed to exclude blockage from a simple stomach flu. ...Read more
See below: It occurs in about 1 in 500 births. Or .002%. ...Read more