An intestinal obstruction (also known as a bowel
obstruction) means that there is problem or blockage in the bowel preventing
normal passage of intestinal contents. The obstruction may be partial or
The only way to know if you have an intestinal obstruction
is to be evaluated by a healthcare provider who will take your history, examine
you, and order tests. Imaging tests to visualize the bowels are often used to
diagnose intestinal obstruction.
Symptoms related to intestinal obstruction include abdominal
pain and swelling, constipation, and vomiting. Diarrhea may also be present.
Intestinal obstruction can be an emergency situation
requiring urgent treatment, so it is important that you be seen by a healthcare
provider if you suspect you may have an obstruction or have severe abdominal
pain or other digestive symptoms.
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