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What does it mean to have a twisted bowel? Does it mean that your intestines are literally twisted?

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 more

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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How soon after an operation for a twisted bowel can I start jogging?

How soon after an operation for a twisted bowel can I start jogging?

Depends: If done via laparoscopy, probably about three weeks. If done in an open fashion, 4-6 weeks. You must ask your surgeon for your activity release - don't start jogging or lifting without that consent. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I expect when going through twisted bowel surgery recovery?

What can I expect when going through twisted bowel surgery recovery?

Some soreness: If all goes well, your GI tract should recover (passing gas) fairly quickly. There will be some post-pp incisional pain but this will go away quickly. ...Read more

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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

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

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I have a kink/ twisted bowel and have been told by the doctors that they won't operate as it could be dangerous I have put up with this for 14 years.

I have a kink/ twisted bowel and have been told by the doctors that they won't operate as it could be dangerous I have put up with this for 14 years.

Possible: Full, history of prior surgery and conditions are relevant to risks of new operations.
The hostile abdomen with prior operations, adhesions, short bowel, and other scarring is higher risk!
get the whole story together and a second opinion. ...Read more

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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?

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?

If he has: A volvulus, he will likely need some type of operation for definitive resolution of his symptoms, maybe even a colostomy. Inquire to his doctors who can fill you in with more details. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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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?

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 more

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When I was born my small intestine was knotted up and some was removed. Was that volvulus?

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 more

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Can severe long term bloating damage the intestine permanently? Does it cause diverticular, volvulus or adhesions? Thank you

Can severe long term bloating damage the intestine permanently? Does it cause diverticular, volvulus or adhesions? Thank you

Bloat is a symptom.: Bloating is not a condition unto itself. It's a symptom that would be indicative of some underlying condition. That condition, depending on what it is, could have long-term consequences. The reason for your bloating needs to be identified. ...Read more

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What is short bowel syndrome?

What is short bowel syndrome?

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

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What are the causes of short bowel syndrome?

Surgery: Surgical removal of the majority of the small intestine is what causes short bowel syndrome. ...Read more

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What are the common complications in short-bowel syndrome?

What are the common complications in short-bowel syndrome?

Several: Short bowel can have a myriad of complications such as slow growth, malabsorption, diarrrhea, vomiting, infection, liver failure, and even death if the SBS is severe. There are procedures to correct it or improve it if the patients meets the right criteria. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: short bowel syndrome?

Insufficient bowel: Short bowel is the condition where too much intestine is removed resulting in insufficient ability to maintain nutrition. Conditions such as ischemia or crohn's disease can require large resections of bowel resulting in this condition. Often, patients require special medications to rehab their remaining bowel, peripheral nutrition, or even small bowel transplants. ...Read more

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Can att cause distended bowel syndrome? Anil

What's ATT?: I don't think u r referring to the cell phone company. Kindly resend the question ...Read more

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What does it mean when your intestines are twisted/volvulus?

What does it mean when your intestines are twisted/volvulus?

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 more

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Y does ititable bowel syndrome happen? Causes for it. How to cure

Theories: There are a lot of theories but the current thinking is that it is related to serotonin from the gut and/or a disruption in the bacterial flora. I would start with probiotics. ...Read more

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Any cure for irritated bowel syndrome?

No: There is no "cure" but there are plenty of medications which can help control symptoms depending on what kind of ibs you have. ...Read more

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Can you be tested for narcotic bowel syndrome?

NBS: Part of the opioid bowel dysfunction are manifest as constipation, nausea, bloating, constipation and pain. When pain is the predominant symptom, the condition has been termed narcotic bowel syndrome (nbs). It does not go away if you increase narcotic dose diagnosis is the concomitant use of narcotics, normal labs, xray with pseudoocclusive syndrome. ...Read more

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Are there any effective treatments for chronic lazy bowel syndrome?

See a doctor: If the doctor and find the true cause, usually can be treated with medication. You need to see a doctor to find the true cause. ...Read more

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What are the differences between having c-difficile and irratible bowel syndrome?

Very different.: C difficile is an infection that produces pain and diarrhea most often in the setting of hospitalization and antibiotic use. Ibs is a functional disorder - no infection - which may produce constipation, diarrhea or alernating stool pattern. In ibs symptoms often get better with eating or defecating. Not so with c diff. ...Read more

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Can irritatble bowel syndrome be found with a colonoscopy? If not how do they test for it?

Can irritatble bowel syndrome be found with a colonoscopy? If not how do they test for it?

No: There is no good test to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome. It is a diagnosis by exclusion and a characteristic history of bowel irregularity and cramping pains in the abdomen for which there is no obvious visible cause. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with Short Gut/Bowel Syndrome. Are there any doctors in the orlando area that can treat me.?

I was recently diagnosed with Short Gut/Bowel Syndrome. Are there any doctors in the orlando area that can treat me.?

Online resources: There are multiple online resources to find doctors with all specialities in geographic locations, such as webMD's physician directory, doctorfinder of AMA or doctorDirectory. Comding, locateAdoctor. Com.
Healthtap also facilitates referrals if needed. ...Read more

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What is irritable bowel syndrome?

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Abdominal Discomfort: Ibs is a functional disorder affecting how food moves through your GI tract. Lower abdominal pain, cramping, bloating with diarrhea, constipation or both are common signs. It can be triggered by stress/anxiety or different foods. The diagnosis is usually made by ruling out other disorders. ...Read more

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What is irritable bowel syndrome?

The defintition: Ibs is a funtional gastrointestinal disorder chracterized by some pain/cramping, altered bowel habits in the absence of specific/unique organic pathology/disease. Other symptoms common to ibs include bloating, gasiness, frequent/urge to have bm, early satiety, dyspepsia symptoms etc...
Often = nuisances, but can be debilitating at times.
If u r concerned, consult doc.
Good luck. ...Read more

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What are signs of irritable bowel syndrome?

IBS in a nutshell: Irritable bowel is a syndrome complex that spans many etiologies & contributants (see earlier healthtap answers). Often, patients complain of altered stool pattern (diarrhea, constipation, or both), abdominal pain, bloating, gassiness, fullness, distension, nausea, cramps. Symptoms seldom awaken the patient, may improve with stooling, & when uncomplicated are not accompanied by fever or bleeding. ...Read more

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What exactly causes irritable bowel syndrome?

What exactly causes irritable bowel syndrome?

Autonomic Disorder: Cause unknown, many speculations. My own observations indicate that excess pelvic parasympathetic nerve stimulation leads to irritable bowel symptoms. See my complete discussion on my chronic pain board at quora. Com. ...Read more

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What are the causes of irritable bowel syndrome?

What are the causes of irritable bowel syndrome?

Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free. ...Read more

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What exactly is irritable bowel syndrome aggravated by?

Musculoskeletal: Abnormal musculoskeletal functions arouse autonomic neural impingement and parasympathetic stimulation. For more information about this topic see my chronic pain board at quora. Com. ...Read more

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Are there any miracle meditations for irritable bowel syndrome?

In the pipeline: It depends what variant of ibs you have. If due to sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) then antibiotics like xifaxan (rifaximin) may help. If you're female with severe diarrhea-associated ibs, consider Lotronex under the prescriber's program. For constipation-variant disease, Amitiza is commercially available, and an investigational agent called linaclotide looks very promising (pending fda review). ...Read more

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How to treat gases and abdominal causes in irritible bowel syndrome?

Complex: Too difficult to answer quickly and treatment should be personalized. Many people do better with probiotics and dietary changes (such as following a fodmaps diet). You should establish care with a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Volvulus (Definition)

A condition in which a loop of intestine twists, cutting off blood supply to the part of the intestine beyond the twisted area. It is seen as an emergency because the twisted loop ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more