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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A bowel obstruction occurs when your large or small intestine is completely or partly blocked. The blockage prevents food and waste from passing through normally.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have nausea and are vomiting.
- Your abdomen is enlarged.
- You cannot pass a bowel movement or gas.
- You lose weight without trying.
- You have blood in your bowel movement.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have severe abdominal pain that does not get better.
- Your heart is beating faster than normal for you.
- You have a fever.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.