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Intestinal Obstruction

Information about Intestinal Obstruction

We Have to Know about the Intestinal Obstruction

  • Intestinal Obstruction Involves A Partial Or Complete Blockage Of The Bowel That Results In The Failure Of The Intestinal Contents To Pass Through.

Could Be Dangerous, If The Answer Is Yes For Any One Of The Following Questions

  • If Persistent Abdominal Distention Develops And You Are Unable To Pass Stool Or Gas Or If Other Symptoms Of Intestinal Obstruction Develop.

Causes of Intestinal Obstruction

  • Intraperitoneal Infection
  • Mesenteric Ischemia (Decreased Blood Supply To The Support Structures In The Abdomen)
  • Injury To The Abdominal Blood Supply
  • Complications Of Intra-Abdominal Surgery
  • Kidney Or Thoracic Disease
  • Metabolic Disturbances (Such As Decreased Potassium Levels)
  • Hernias
  • Postoperative Adhesions Or Scar Tissue
  • Impacted Feces (Stool)
  • Gallstones
  • Tumors Blocking The Intestines
  • Granulomatous Processes (Abnormal Tissue Growth)
  • Intussusception
  • Volvulus (Twisted Intestine)
  • Foreign Bodies (Ingested Materials That Obstruct The Intestines)

Do’s And Don’ts of Intestinal Obstruction

  •  Consult The Doctor

Signs & Symptoms of Intestinal Obstruction

  • Abdominal Fullness, Gaseous
  • Abdominal Distention
  • Abdominal Pain And Cramping
  • Vomiting
  • Failure To Pass Gas Or Stool (Constipation)
  • Diarrhea
  • Breath Odor

Medical Advice for Intestinal Obstruction

  •  When The Above Symptoms Arise

Risk Factors of Intestinal Obstruction

  •  Malnutrition
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • A hernia
  • Intussusception
  • Volvulus
  • Appendicitis

Treatment for Intestinal Obstruction

  • The Objective Of Treatment Is To Decompress The Intestine With Suction, Using A Nasogastric (Ng) Tube Inserted Into The Stomach Or Intestine. This Will Relieve Abdominal Distention And Vomiting.
  • Surgery To Relieve The Obstruction May Be Necessary If Decompression By Ng Tube Does Not Relieve The Symptoms, Or If Tissue Death Is Suspected.

Self-Care of Intestinal Obstruction

  • Consult The Doctor

Investigation of Intestinal Obstruction 

  • Barium Enema
  • Abdominal Ct Scan
  • Upper Gi And Small Bowel Series
  • Abdominal Film
Intestinal Obstruction
 Causes of Intestinal Obstruction