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Perforated Bowel

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is a perforated bowel?

A perforated bowel happens when a medical condition, such as diverticulitis, causes a hole or tear in your bowel. An injury or blockage may also perforate your bowel. Bowel contents can leak into your abdomen through the hole. This may cause a life-threatening infection.

What are the signs and symptoms of a perforated bowel?

How is a perforated bowel diagnosed?

A CT scan of your abdomen will be used to show any perforation in your bowel. You may be given contrast dye to help your bowel show up better in the pictures. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast dye.

How is a perforated bowel treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I reduce my risk for a perforated bowel?

Reduce your risk for constipation, which can lead to blockage and perforation. Follow your healthcare provider's directions about how much fiber, liquids, and exercise you need. Fiber, liquids, and exercise will help you have regular bowel movements.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek care immediately or call 911?

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