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Can a colonoscopy diagnose a partial large bowel obstruction caused by abdominal adhesions?

Can a colonoscopy diagnose a partial large bowel obstruction caused by abdominal adhesions?

Maybe: Adhesions occur from pror surgery. Was there past surgery? External adhesions would be rare to cause colon obstruction. If there was prior colon surgery, then surgical site anastomosis narrowing or scarring would be visible at colonoscopy. ...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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Constipation. Laxatives, fiber, water, diet changes, even castor oil haven't worked. Colonoscopy 3 years ago showed no bowel obstruction. Help?

Constipation. Laxatives, fiber, water, diet changes, even castor oil haven't worked. Colonoscopy 3 years ago showed no bowel obstruction. Help?

Schedule changes: May try getting up 15 minutes earlier, exercising, and then having a warm breakfast and then time to go to the bathroom for bowel function. This is retraining your bowel and may help. This may take a few days to help, but please be patient. Cut back on dairy products, as this can cause constipation. Sorry you have had so much trouble, but this can be treated. ...Read more

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How can I treat bowel obstruction?

How can I treat bowel obstruction?

You cannot: Bowel obstruction is a medical emergency and you should go to an er right away. It can be caused by foreign objects, tumors, serious vascular problems, bowel twisting, or an infolding termed intussecption. These may need surgical intervention and the er is the point of entry for the next steps. ...Read more

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How is a bowel obstruction diagnosed?

How is a bowel obstruction diagnosed?

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 more

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How do I know if I have a bowel obstruction?

Common symptoms: are crampy abdominal pain, abdominal distention, nausea, vomiting, and obstipation, in someone who has had previous abdominal surgery or has a hernia. Only medical evaluation will differentiate intestinal obstruction from other causes of abdominal pain. You need to seek immediate medical attention if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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How to tell if a bowel obstruction is going away?

How to tell if a bowel obstruction is going away?

GI symptoms improve: When your belly pain and nausea start to improve and you can pass gas or have a bowel movement. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bowel obstruction?

What is the definition or description of: bowel obstruction?

"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

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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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Help! could soy lead to bowel obstruction?

No medical evidence: To suggest that soy intake will lead to bowel obstruction (that I am aware of), which is usually caused by adhesions from previous surgery or infection, tumors, or inflammatory bowel disease. It is conceivable that, if you have a partial or intermittent obstruction, high fiber food will aggravate this condition. ...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