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Bowel Obstruction

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

A bowel obstruction is a partial or complete blockage of your intestine. Your small or large intestine may be affected. The blockage prevents food and waste from passing through normally.

Digestive Tract

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Seek care immediately if:

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

Call your doctor 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.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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Learn more about Bowel Obstruction (Discharge Care)

Associated drugs

IBM Watson Micromedex

Symptoms and treatments

Mayo Clinic Reference

Further information

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