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What is the difference between a large bowel obstruction and a small bowel obstruction?

Different casues. Unfortunately large bowel obstruction, particularly in adults, is almost always due to malignancy. Small bowel obstruction on the other hand more commonly occurs from benign conditions, especially in patients who have had prior abdominal surgery. Both conditions would require an imaging test and likely surgery to repair. Read more...
Different causes. Small bowel obstruction is rarely due to a lesion or intussuception. It is mostly due to adhesions from previous surgery. Large bowel does not obstruct from adhesions but usually an intraluminal lesion such as carcinoma of colon. Read more...

How to differentiat small bowel obstruction from large bowel obstruction? Medical

Difficult. Without a physical exam and full medical history. Usually a small bowel obstruction will not occur unless there is scar tissue from a past abdominal surgery. Small bowel obstruction can have abdominal pain with frequent vomiting. Large bowel obstruction is less common & can be from cancer or diverticulitis. Lack of bowel movement with colon obstruction. True bowel obstruction can be very serious. Read more...

What could be the association between small bowel obstruction, hemorrhoids and swollen dry skin?

Bowel Obstruction. It's possible the hemorrhoids were there before and the increase in the abdominal pressure when the bowels were obstructed caused the hemorrhoids to "flare". Small bowel obstructions can cause a diversion of body fluids to the abdomen, which can cause the dry skin. I'm not sure exactly what you mean by swollen skin....But it's possible to have lower extremity edema in this situation as well. Read more...

Is small bowel obstruction painful?

Small bowl pain. Yes, it can be. Afterall, it's an obstruction! Read more...
Yes. Anytime an organ distends, it can cause pain. Also if the obstruction causes a lack of blood supply to an area of the bowel (ischemia) that will cause pain. Read more...

I need help with small bowel obstruction?

Small bowel obstruct. Ion is a medical emergency. It should be treated by confirming the diagnosis, bowel rest, possible decompression with a nasogastric tube on suction. If not resolving within 24 hours, surgical exploration is indicated to avoided ischemic or dead bowel. Do not delay if you think you are obstructed. This is not to be treated t home! Read more...

What can I do for small bowel obstruction?

Come to hospital. A small bowel obstruction usually occurs due to scar tissue from prior abdominal surgery, causing the bowel to kink like a garden hose. If severe, the bowel can die; however, the bowel can (and usually does) unkink itself after a day-or-two of "bowel rest": no food or liquid, IV fluids, and keeping the stomach empty with a ng tube. This requires close monitoring in the hospital. Read more...
Depends on the. Cause of sbo. If you had previous surgery, you will have adhesions, and intestines can get caught inside or twist around these. But there are other causes, such as intestinal tumors, that can cause sbo, so you need to see a gastroenterologist or a surgeon who can help you sort things out. Read more...

Are the symptoms of small bowel obstruction bad?

YES. Small bowel obstruction can be dangerous and deadly if not treated appropriately. The common symptoms are abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, nausea, and vomiting. Read more...
It can be. The most common symptoms include cramping, generalized abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, and the absence of any passage of stool or gas. We call this last symptom obstipation, and it is a very important predictor of the severity of the episode. In some cases, the pain becomes constant and severe--this may represent a compromised blood supply to the bowel, requiring emergency surgery. Read more...

How fast can I make my small bowel obstruction go away?

This is an emergency. You need to go to an emergency room immediately for this type of problem. Most causes of obstruction require emergency surgery and the consequences of no treatment most likely will be deadly, . Read more...
U Can't Do It Alone. Small bowel obstructions (sbo) require in-patient care to fully evaluate and rx. This includes reversal of the inevitable dehydration, emptying the stomach with an ng tube, and monitoring one's overall well-being to determine if surgery is necessary. Most sbos are secondary to adhesions from prior surgery; thankfully, this resolves with above measures 2/3 of the time. Read more...

Does small bowel obstruction usually cause many symptoms?

Yes. Small bowel obstruction is typically the result of a blockage of one's small bowel and presents with symptoms of crampy abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. This is typically caused by adhesions or scar tissue as a result of previous surgery. It is typically treated conservatively with bowel rest (nothing by mouth) and IV fluids. Surgery may be necessary at times. Read more...