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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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I'm curious as to why do I vomit with bowel obstruction?

I'm curious as to why do I vomit with bowel obstruction?

Because: Intestinal contents backs up due to obstruction , like your clogged faucet ...Read more

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Why do people vomit with a bowel obstruction?

Why do people vomit with a bowel obstruction?

Blocked pipes: The stomach and small bowel secrete gallons of fluid every day that is reabsorbed, aiding nutrient absorption. If the small intestine is obstructed, this fluid upstream from the blockage accumulates and, left with no place to go, backs up into the stomach.. Also, we all swallow air--this furthers the upstream distention. A key sign of successful resolution is gas +/- stool out the bottom. ...Read more

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Why do people vomit when they have a bowel obstruction?

Why do people vomit when they have a bowel obstruction?

Blocked pipes: The stomach and small bowel secrete gallons of fluid every day that is reabsorbed, aiding nutrient absorption. If the small intestine is obstructed, this fluid upstream from the blockage accumulates and, left with no place to go, backs up into the stomach.. Also, we all swallow air--this furthers the upstream distention. A key sign of successful resolution is gas +/- stool out the bottom. ...Read more

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I passed out watery stool and vomited after few hours. And i have been burping a lot. Is this some kind of bowel obstruction?

I passed out watery stool and vomited after few hours. And i have been burping a lot. Is this some kind of bowel obstruction?

Gastroenteritis.: The symptoms and their acuity argue more towards acute gastroenteritis than a bowel obstruction. This could be food-borne or viral. If you're passing some sort of stool and gas, it would be unlikely that you have a bowel obstruction. Give this a few days, see how it goes. If you become very distended in the abdomen, seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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For what reasons might a patient with sbo (small bowel obstruction) vomit and having abdominal pain?

Because nothing: Is getting past the obstruction and the bowel above the obstruction becomes dilated and that causes pain. This is a medical emergency, so be sure to see a doctor or er right away. ...Read more

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What are bowel obstruction symptoms?

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 more

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How to know if I have bowel obstruction?

How to know if I have bowel obstruction?

Swollen abdomen: Depending on the degree of obstruction and site, the abdomen enlarges, no passing of gas noted, developing of abdominal pain and possible vomiting depending on how distal the obstruction is. ...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