A bowel obstruction is a blockage in the intestines that prevents
gas, fluids, or solids from moving through the intestines normally. Many
different problems can cause a bowel obstruction. Some examples are scar tissue from
previous surgeries (adhesions), certain types of hernias, cancer, twisting of
the intestines (volvulus), or diverticulitis.
Symptoms of a bowel obstruction include:
Cramping abdominal (belly) pain. The pain may affect
all or part of the belly area and may be severe.
An inability to have a bowel movement or pass
A suspected bowel obstruction needs to be evaluated by a doctor. It may require medical or surgical treatment.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
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