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What Is Bowel Obstruction
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
Ogilvie's syndrome: A patient can present with symptoms of obstruction, such as abdominal discomfort, bloating, nausea and vomiting, and radiological examination shows marked dilitation of the colon, but no obvious source for mechanical obstruction is found. Naso gastric suction, and colonoscopy for decompression of the colon may help up to 75% of the time, but in severe cases, surgery may help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Intestinal Blockage: The large intestine consists of the colon and rectum. Obstruction along any point will lead to upstream dilitation, causing nausea, vomiting, distention; if complete and untreated, rupture may occur. Common causes include cancer of the colon or rectum, twisting of the colon (volvulus), inflammatory bowel disease, and diverticulitis. Treatment hinges upon identifying the cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gut motility: This is a disorder of the motility of the intestines, which produces dilated loops of bowel which are similar in appearance to bowel that is mechanically obstructed, but there is no obstruction. It results from a disturbance in the nerve supply to the intestine or an abnormal response of intestinal smooth muscle. Symptoms can be abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting or constipation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bile can't get out: Biliary obstruction means something is blocking the flow of bile into the small intestine. Bile helps digest fats. Bile is made in the liver and flows into the small intestine, by way of the gall bladder. Several different problems can block the flow of bile, such as having a gall stone. ...Read more
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Combination: Bowel obstruction is diagnosed using a combination of patient history, physical exam, and scans (x-rays, ct, etc.). Sometimes the physical exam findings are so obvious that scans are not required. Some partial bowel obstructions can be very difficult to diagnose and may elude doctors and patients for months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Non-mechanical block: 'primary' means cause unknown. Intestinal = small intestine (about 20 feet long) or large intestine (about 6 feet long) leading to rectum. 'pseudo-obstruction' means a blockage thatis not mechanical, such as caused by a tumor, or fibrous adhesions from prior surgery, or stool impaction. The cause is an abnormality of the nerves leading to the muscle of bowel wall (lupus, scleroderma, parknsns). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
SIMPLE: Same mechanism just different part of the bowel being affected. Either the small or large bowel. ...Read more
Intestinal blockage: Bowel obstruction can involve either the small or large intestine. There are many causes of obstruction - for the large intestine, masses including cancer, inflammation or twisting (volvulus), for the small intestine, scar tissue from previous surgery, congenital twisting, congenital band, tumor or hernia. Partial obstruction may resolve without surgery but complete obstruction requires surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Small Bowel Obstruct: Small bowel obstruction (sbo) is, as the name states, blockage of the upper (small) intestine. It leads to crampy abdominal pain, nausea vomitting and often dehydration. Treatment may be supportive (fluids and bowel rest) or operative, depending on the cause and duration of the obtruction. ...Read more
Developmental error: In fetus in initial stages of development all bowel is out side like a garden house, as abdominal wall develops it returns back in side in a systemic patron get rearranged by a series of steps, ( called rotation ) partial failure , like bands ( lad's ) etc called partial malrotation will cause obstruction of bowel in new born or later stages of life.Yes treatable by surgery. ...Read more
IBS treatment: There are many good treatments-peppermint oil as enteric-coated capsules 0.2-0.4 ml 2-3x/day, fiber (esp. Flaxseed powder), probiotics ; melatonin 2-5 mg may help.Gluten, dairy ; other food intolerances may be a factor-many do well with the fodmap diet-see http://www.Umm.Edu/altmed/articles/irritable-bowel-000098.Htm ; http://abt.Cm/16tmrig treat overgrowth of yeast/unfriendly bacteria ; parasites. ...Read more
"blocked pipes": 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 depending on the cause. ...Read more
Spastic colon is another term for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common disorder characterized by abdominal cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea: The term "spastic colon" describes the increase in spontaneous contractions (motility) of muscles in the small and large intestines associated with IBS. These contractions are sometimes called spasms. However, because IBS may also be associated with decreased motility, the term spastic colon isn't always accurate. The cause and severity of IBS varies from person to person. Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms, and may include changing your diet, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, and taking anticholinergic or anti-diarrheal medications. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Constipation is not necessarily a sign of colon cancer. Constipation is usually caused by problems with diet - not enough fiber, not enough fresh fruits/ veggies, not drinking enough water, etc. It can also be caused by low activity level. Some patients have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) which can cause recurrent constipation. If the constipation is new with none of the above changes, see doc ...Read more
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
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