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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A colon stricture is the narrowing of the large intestine. A stricture slows or prevents waste from passing through your large intestine. Your symptoms may be mild or severe. You may not have any symptoms. Colon strictures can become life-threatening if they are not treated.
Seek care immediately if:
- You have a fever.
- You have nausea and vomiting, and severe, worsening abdominal pain.
- You have severe abdominal swelling.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- Your symptoms return.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
You may not be able to prevent strictures if you have certain chronic conditions, such as Crohn disease. The following may help to prevent colon strictures:
- Eat a variety of healthy foods. Choose foods that are low in fat. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Do not smoke. Nicotine can damage blood vessels and make it more difficult to manage your colon stricture. Smoking also increases your risk for colorectal cancer. Do not use e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco in place of cigarettes or to help you quit. They still contain nicotine. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you currently smoke and need help quitting.
- Do not lift heavy items. This will help prevent hernias that can cause part of your intestine to go through your abdominal wall.
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