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What are signs and symptoms of bowel obstruction?

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In brief: Crampy pain, nausea

Bowel obstruction usually begins with loss of appetite and crampy pain in the abdomen.
Usually, bowel gas and bowel movements slow down, and in some cases completely stop. Since food and saliva can't go anywhere, vomiting usually occurs. Most people who have a bowel obstruction have had previous surgery.

In brief: Crampy pain, nausea

Bowel obstruction usually begins with loss of appetite and crampy pain in the abdomen.
Usually, bowel gas and bowel movements slow down, and in some cases completely stop. Since food and saliva can't go anywhere, vomiting usually occurs. Most people who have a bowel obstruction have had previous surgery.
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
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In brief: Several symptoms

Pain, vomiting bile (green fluid), abdominal distention are some of symptoms.
Frequent bowel movements may occur early in obstruction. Many patients with small bowel obstruction have had previous surgeries and adhesions or scars are cause of obslruction. Less commonly tumors can be cause. Sometimes congenital bowel anomalies like malrotation can resut in twisting of bowel

In brief: Several symptoms

Pain, vomiting bile (green fluid), abdominal distention are some of symptoms.
Frequent bowel movements may occur early in obstruction. Many patients with small bowel obstruction have had previous surgeries and adhesions or scars are cause of obslruction. Less commonly tumors can be cause. Sometimes congenital bowel anomalies like malrotation can resut in twisting of bowel
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