22 doctors weighed in:

Explain the condition called a bowel obstruction.?

22 doctors weighed in
Dr. Elie Schochet
Surgery - Colorectal
13 doctors agree

In brief: Blockage

A bowel obstruction may be from the large (colon) or small intestine.
Blockages generally are from extrinsic (outside forces pushing the bowel closed at a point) or intrinsic (something inside the bowel blocking it). They may be partial allowing some liquids to pass or total blockages. Totals are surgical emergencies and need immediate attention. Commoon causes are tumors, adhesions, volvulus...

In brief: Blockage

A bowel obstruction may be from the large (colon) or small intestine.
Blockages generally are from extrinsic (outside forces pushing the bowel closed at a point) or intrinsic (something inside the bowel blocking it). They may be partial allowing some liquids to pass or total blockages. Totals are surgical emergencies and need immediate attention. Commoon causes are tumors, adhesions, volvulus...
Dr. Elie Schochet
Dr. Elie Schochet
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
great answer and wishing you'all the best.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
13 doctors agree

In brief: Blockage of intestin

Bowel, small or large (colon) can be blocked by a number of problems, including tumors, other masses, stool, foreign bodies, kinking of the bowel loops by internal scars (adhesions), other. Can be very acute-with pain, vomiting, distension, maybe diarrhea (if partial obstruction), not passing gas or stool (if more complete).
If developed over time can adapt somewhat, with less symptoms.

In brief: Blockage of intestin

Bowel, small or large (colon) can be blocked by a number of problems, including tumors, other masses, stool, foreign bodies, kinking of the bowel loops by internal scars (adhesions), other. Can be very acute-with pain, vomiting, distension, maybe diarrhea (if partial obstruction), not passing gas or stool (if more complete).
If developed over time can adapt somewhat, with less symptoms.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
Thank
11 doctors agree

In brief: See below

A bowel obstruction is a terminology to describe an intestinal blockage.
There can be small intestinal blockage or large intestinal blockage. There are a variety of causes of intestinal blockage such as adhesions or scar from past surgery, large bowel tumors, and several other causes. An intestinal blockage can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, and inability to eat. Medical treatment or surgery....

In brief: See below

A bowel obstruction is a terminology to describe an intestinal blockage.
There can be small intestinal blockage or large intestinal blockage. There are a variety of causes of intestinal blockage such as adhesions or scar from past surgery, large bowel tumors, and several other causes. An intestinal blockage can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, and inability to eat. Medical treatment or surgery....
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Great answer. Wishing you'all the best.
Dr. Kenneth Mirkin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Obstruction

Can occur in any portion of the GI tract.
There are many causes and this requires immediate intervention. Waiting to get medical assistance can be dangerous.

In brief: Obstruction

Can occur in any portion of the GI tract.
There are many causes and this requires immediate intervention. Waiting to get medical assistance can be dangerous.
Dr. Kenneth Mirkin
Dr. Kenneth Mirkin
Thank
Dr. Elizabeth Yen
Pediatrics - Gastroenterology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Blockage

The passage of contents through the intestinal tube is blocked.
This can be caused by twisting of the intestine, adhesions from prior surgeries, growths inside or outside the intestine, or a narrowing or scarring down of the intestine. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain, vomiting, swelling of the belly. This is a surgical emergency.

In brief: Blockage

The passage of contents through the intestinal tube is blocked.
This can be caused by twisting of the intestine, adhesions from prior surgeries, growths inside or outside the intestine, or a narrowing or scarring down of the intestine. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain, vomiting, swelling of the belly. This is a surgical emergency.
Dr. Elizabeth Yen
Dr. Elizabeth Yen
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Mark Pack
Board Certified, Surgery
27 years in practice
3M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors