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Bowel Obstruction

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is a bowel obstruction?

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.

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What causes a bowel obstruction?

What are the signs and symptoms of a bowel obstruction?

How is a bowel obstruction diagnosed?

How is a bowel obstruction treated?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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