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Bowel Obstruction

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.

Digestive Tract

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

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.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have severe abdominal pain that does not get better.
  • Your heart is beating faster than normal for you.
  • You have a fever.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Learn more about Bowel Obstruction (Discharge Care)

Associated drugs

Micromedex® Care Notes

Symptoms and treatments

Mayo Clinic Reference

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