The lower part of the alimentary canal from stomach to anus is called bowel or intestine. Intestine absorbs all nutrients that our body inculcates in the form of food or water or drinks. In simple terms most of our food digestion depends on the intestine/bowel.

Intestine disorder or bowel obstruction is a serious and fatal disease. In many cases, damaged intestine tissue can lead to death.

Here in this article we will discuss particularly a specific form of intestine disorder named bowel obstruction. We are going to discuss following points:

  • WHAT IS BOWEL OBSTRUCTION?
  • TYPES OF BOWEL OBSTRUCTION
  • CAUSES
  • SYMPTOMS
  • TREATMENT

What is bowel obstruction?

Bowel obstruction also called intestine obstruction is a serious intestine disorder or damage. It’s a life threatening disease that leads the victim to death just a short span of time. It can stop or block the blood supply to the bowel or intestine.

Bowel obstruction is a mechanical obstruction that stops the usual movement of the products of digestion. Mostly people with bowel obstruction hardly survive for a week or maybe two.

Patients with complete obstruction don’t survive more than a week however in some cases time may be extended by a few weeks or a month.

Types of bowel obstruction:

There are two types of bowel obstructions that include:

  • Small bowel obstruction (functional & mechanical)
  • Large bowel obstruction

Small bowel obstruction is a dangerous and serious condition where the digestion of food becomes so slow that it may affect or damage the quality of your life and health. Small bowel obstruction makes the bowel muscle move food slowly with obstruction.

Causes:

  • Damaged nerves
  • Infections
  • Hernias
  • Volvulus
  • Intestine tumor

Symptoms:

  • Constipation
  • Fever
  • Unusual heartbeat
  • Vomiting
  • Bowel pain
  • Distention of stomach

Small bowel obstruction has two subtypes:

Functional obstruction

Mechanical obstruction

Functional obstruction doesn’t cause physical obstruction as it just slows down or obstructs the movement of food through bowels.

Whereas in mechanical obstruction, there is a blockage of food movement completely.

Large bowel obstruction is a condition where there is a complete blockage or obstruction in the colon that stops the food and gas from passing through the digestive tract in a normal way. This form of obstruction is most serious and bowel rupture can cause death.

Causes:

  • Volvulus
  • Colon carcinoma

Symptoms:

  • Inability to pass gas
  • Decreased appetite
  • Swelling of abdomen
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation

Treatment for Bowel Obstruction:

When any part of the bowel is obstructed it may get damaged forever. Bowel or intestine obstruction is a serious condition due to which normal moving of food through the food digestion track is badly disturbed.

A number of health specialists are there for you that recommend you the best and most suitable treatment according to your condition. High quality medicines are available and if they don’t work and condition is complicated then surgery is the last option.

NOTE:

Your doctor will recommend you the best proper treatment after analyzing your medical condition.

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