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When should I start to suspect that I might have abdominal or pelvic adhesions?

When should I start to suspect that I might have abdominal or pelvic adhesions?

Unexplainned pain : If you had any pelvic or abdominal surgery you probably have adhesions. If you have unexplainned abdominal or pelvic pain and history of surgery adhesions are likely present. Women with endometriosis develop adhesions too. The longer the scars in your abdomen or pelvis the likeliness of intraabdominal or pelvic adhesions. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Aranson
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Adhesions (Definition)

Adhesions is a condition in which two or more organs or organ surfaces are stuck together. Adhesions are common after surgery or infection, in which the healing response causes scar tissue to connect organs that normally should slide around freely. Adhesions can cause symptoms such as abdominal ...Read more


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What do abdominal and pelvic adhesions cause?

What do abdominal and pelvic adhesions cause?

Adhesions: They can cause pain, obstruction of the intestine or other pelvic structures. ...Read more

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Is there available help for severe pelvic/abdominal adhesions?

Is there available help for severe pelvic/abdominal adhesions?

Yes: Adhesions are often suspected in patients who have had prior abdominal surgery, but they are difficult to prove, unless there is bowel obstruction, diagnosed by x-ray or ct scan. Obstruction is usually treated surgically. Adhesions can sometimes cause pain in patients who have irritable bowel syndrome, which can be treated with medications and dietary management. ...Read more

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Why do I need a abdomen and pelvic CT scan for small suspected kidney angiomyolipoma?

Why do I need a abdomen and pelvic CT scan for small suspected kidney angiomyolipoma?

Angiomyolipoma: I assume something was seen on an ultrasound that might be an angiomyolipoma(AML)? The ultrasound appearance can be suggestive of AML, not diagnostic. It could still be other types of masses. The CT appearance should be diagnostic, because CT can specifically detect the fat in the AML that confirms the diagnosis. Not sure why pelvic CT necessary if AML confirmation is only issue. ...Read more

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What might cause bloating and dull achy pain in the lower abdomen/pelvic region that radiates to the back? Mostly on the right side but does change.

What might cause bloating and dull achy pain in the lower abdomen/pelvic region that radiates to the back? Mostly on the right side but does change.

Your gynecologist ca: your gastroenterologist or gynecologist can help. There are many possibilities and the best you can do is get it clarified.you may need a CAT scan of the abdomen or other imaging to clarify your discomfort. ...Read more

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What can pelvic adhesions cause?

What can pelvic adhesions cause?

Obstruction, Pain: As a general surgeon, I am called frequently to care for people whose small intestine has become twisted on itself due to adhesions from prior abdominal surgery (sbo-small bowel obstruction). Often, this will correct itself with in-patient mgmt, but it occasionally requires surgery. My gynecology colleagues care for many patients with pelvic pain presumed to be due to adhesions to the ovaries. ...Read more

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Pelvic and abdomen scan, what are they looking for ?

Pelvic and abdomen scan, what are they looking for ?

Depends: They are looking for a cause of whatever your symptoms are. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of abdominal adhesions?

What are the symptoms of abdominal adhesions?

Zero to major: Abdominal adhesion form as a result of inflammation and the common causes include infection, trauma, benign/malignant growth, and surgery. Some adhesions are asymptomatic and found incidentally by your surgeon while attending to other problem. Some adhesions can be problematic and cause bowel obstruction and pain - a topic of heated debates. ...Read more

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Could a high ca125 be due to pelvic adhesions?

Could a high ca125  be due to pelvic adhesions?

No: Adhesions and ca-125 would be unrelated. An isolated elevation of ca-125 with no other clinical information or physical findings is of questionable importance. Would need to see a gynecologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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