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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

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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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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 wont 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 wont 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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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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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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What are some causes of new and enlarged lymph node in the abdomen? Tests ruled out: infection, acid, leak, twisted and kinked bowels/intestines.

What are some causes of new and enlarged lymph node in the abdomen? Tests ruled out: infection, acid, leak, twisted and kinked bowels/intestines.

It depends---: We need to know the medical history in terms of any symptoms/ medical complaints....especially why was your abdomen checked? what test did they use? US or CT scan. What was the size of the lymph nodes?. If the nodes are significant they will produce some symptoms. Then you should get repeat imaging studies done to see if the nodes get any larger or not. Right now I would not worry unless they grow ...Read more

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What causes bowel spasms?

Muscle contractions: Muscle contractions, which can be caused from electrolyte imbalances, relative obstructions, infection, or food-borne toxins. Rarely, tumors can cause spasms. ...Read more

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What could cause bad bowel spasms?

Miscellaneous: Lots of things: crohns disease, diverticulosis, food allergy such as lactose intolerance, food poisening - see ur pmd - who might refer you to gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What causes of bleeding from the bowel?

What causes of bleeding from the bowel?

Multiple reasons: Ulcers, av malformations, tumors, polyps, ischemic bowel, inflammatory bowel disease, portal hypertension, intususception and the list goes on and on. ...Read more

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What causes inflammatory bowel diseases?

What causes inflammatory bowel diseases?

Autoimmunity.: Genetic predisposition and interaction with pathogens from the environment conspire to cause ibd, which in essence is an autoimmune disorder. Maternal-fetal cell trafficking across the placenta fuels the theory that most if not all autimmune disorders have their origin in fetal (or maternal) stem cells persisting in various organs and stimulating inflammatory response. Stress does not help! ...Read more

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Will cholesterol meds cause bowel issues?

Will cholesterol meds cause bowel issues?

Some of them: There are several kinds of medicines for lowering bad cholesterols. The meds that prevent the intestines from absorbing fat from the food will leave some fat in the intestines. Undigested fats go out in the stool, so can cause some gassiness, loose stools, and / or worse smelling stools. The doctor can adjust the med doses or change the combination of meds, to keep side effects at a minimal. ...Read more

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What causes bleeding from the bowel at 60?

What causes bleeding from the bowel at 60?

Rectal bleeding: There are many possible causes: hemorrhoids, fissure, fistula, cancer, infection or inflammatory disease. It is best to schedule an appointment with your doctor. You will likely require a colonoscopy to evaluate further. Take care. ...Read more

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What causes anus pain after bowel emptying?

Get evaluated: Both gastroenterologists & colorectal surgeons can help you. They will first perform a visual inspection & digital exam after taking your history as to circumstances, duration, quality, timing of symptoms & your risk factors. They may then determine topical treatment or ask to perform further evaluation of the rectal lining. Symptoms may prove functional (proctalgia fugax) & warrant different rx. ...Read more

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Does Adenomyosis causes bowel disturbances?

Does Adenomyosis causes bowel disturbances?

No: Adenomyosis is strictly related to uterine glandular development and not bowel issues. ...Read more

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What are bowel divecticula and what is their cause?

What are bowel divecticula and what is their cause?

Bowel out pouching: Due to congenital weakness of muscle wall it out pouches called diverticula , ( congenital ) or develops later in life ( acquired ) as in colon diverticulosis, which can perforate, bleed, or get infected. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of accidental bowel leakage?

Fecal incontinence: Some possible causes of fecal incontinence include dysfunction of the anal sphincter from previous vaginal delivery or surgical trauma; reduced internal anal sphincter resting pressure from diabetes; decreased rectal compliance from ulcerative or radiation proctitis; and fecal impaction. The cause of fecal incontinence may also be unknown, resulting from denervation of pelvic floor muscles. ...Read more

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What cause a bowel intercerception on a 5 year old boy ?

Look for lead point: The intussiception (telecscoping of bowel on itself) is an uncommon but worrisome event. It can arise spontaneously or due to a "lead point".There are lymph glands in the wall of the bowel that may produce an outward bump & a structure called a meckle's diverticulum can lead the process to form. If the process is reduced with a enema (not surgery), other studies may be done to look for a reason. ...Read more

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What is fluid filled dialted bowel loops and how it cause?

What is fluid filled dialted bowel  loops and how it cause?

Obstruction : That radiologic finding is usually a result of a bowel obstruction, but can also be seen sometimes in severe diarrhea. When the bowel is blocked the secretions from your intestines and stomach cannot pass into the colon where the liquid is reabsorbed. This cause the fluid to fill the bowel and stretch it. ...Read more

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Can anal cause it to become difficult to hold in your bowel contents?

Can anal cause it to become difficult to hold in your bowel contents?

Yes: Damage to the sphincter muscle or infection can render you incontinent of stool and the solutions to fix are not very good at all. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some symptoms, diagnoses and causes of bowel obstruction?

I was wondering what are some symptoms, diagnoses and causes of bowel obstruction?

Bowel obstruction: Mainly these include abdominal pain , distention (swelling), nausea, vomiting treatment varies and can either include nasogastric decompression and hydration to surgical intervention. ...Read more

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What is an aperistaltic bowel? Are there symptoms associated with this? What are the causes?

Bowel doesn't move: It means the bowel is not moving or contracting. Depending on the location of the "aperistalsis" or lack of movement you can have constipation, vomiting, abdominal pain. Most common causes are diabetes and medications (as a side effect). ...Read more

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Does hemmroids cause your bowel to not empty all the way. Im having trouble emptying ny bowels?

Does hemmroids cause your bowel to not empty all the way. Im having trouble emptying ny bowels?

Not usually: Large hemorrhoids may cause emptying problem, as may afraid to push for fear of pain, emptying problem requires work up, endoscopy and anorectal motility studies to find exact cause and treatment. ...Read more

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Do nuts cause bowel irritation for people with a sensitive bowel? If yes, what are the symptoms?

Do nuts cause bowel irritation for people with a sensitive bowel? If yes, what are the symptoms?

It may or may not.: Symptoms include abdominal cramps, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation etc.Be aware of foods that trigger your symptoms & avoid eating them. http://www.drdahlman.com/inflammatory-bowel-disease-diet.shtml. ...Read more

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I have a bowel near anus which disrupts now and then when pressed and causes pain what is the problem?

?Abscess: Did you mean to say boil, instead of bowel? You may have an abscess, or a type of "pilonidal cyst." Get the are evaluated as this may continue to occur until it is cared for. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What would cause inflamed bowel on cy scan?

What would cause inflamed bowel on cy scan?

U mean CT scan?: A ct scan may identify bowel wall thickening due to inflammatory conditions (colitis, diverticulitis, infection), infiltrative disease (like cancer), ischemic injury, others. What symptoms or circumstances exist that prompted the ct scan to be ordered? ...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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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