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What do you do for a large bowel obstruction?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Find the Cause ASAP

Large bowel obstructions are very different than their small bowel counterpart (which often improves w/o surgery).
If complete, imminent rx is necessary to prevent rupture (usually surgery); if partial, there are many more options. Common causes include colorectal cancers, volvulus, and inflammatory conditions like diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease.

In brief: Find the Cause ASAP

Large bowel obstructions are very different than their small bowel counterpart (which often improves w/o surgery).
If complete, imminent rx is necessary to prevent rupture (usually surgery); if partial, there are many more options. Common causes include colorectal cancers, volvulus, and inflammatory conditions like diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Raymundo Romero
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Step wise approach

Bowel rest (no eating), nasogastric tube to drain gastric secretions and and , imaging ( xray or ct scan) to evaluate severity, and surgery for an anatomical cause of obstruction for example a tumor.

In brief: Step wise approach

Bowel rest (no eating), nasogastric tube to drain gastric secretions and and , imaging ( xray or ct scan) to evaluate severity, and surgery for an anatomical cause of obstruction for example a tumor.
Dr. Raymundo Romero
Dr. Raymundo Romero
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