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Can you have solid bowels but still have a bowel obstruction?

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
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In brief: SURE

If you have a small bowel obstruction, usually from surgical adhesions from prior procedures, the colon, downstream from the small bowel, will still have material in it at the moment of sbo.
So, for a day or two, a patient with an sbo can have a bowel movement, but they'll be distended, nauseated, and have cramping pain. Good luck.

In brief: SURE

If you have a small bowel obstruction, usually from surgical adhesions from prior procedures, the colon, downstream from the small bowel, will still have material in it at the moment of sbo.
So, for a day or two, a patient with an sbo can have a bowel movement, but they'll be distended, nauseated, and have cramping pain. Good luck.
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