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Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

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Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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What is Intestinal Obstruction?

This happens when the intestines are blocked, for example, by tumors or scar tissue from past surgeries. Quick medical attention is necessary.

Typical Symptoms of Intestinal Obstruction

  • Blood in stool

  • Lower left abdomen or tummy pain

  • Pain around the belly button area

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Stomach feels bloated

  • Abdominal pain

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Pain in the pelvis- the lowest part of the abdomen, between the belly button and groin

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Intestinal Obstruction

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Do you have blood in your stool?

  • Do you have pain in the lower left abdomen?

  • Do you have belly button pain?

  • Does pressing on your stomach cause severe pain?

  • Do you feel that your abdomen or stomach is bloated?

Treatmentof Intestinal Obstruction

Treatment relies on the severity and location of the obstruction. In mild cases, fasting might be enough; this is done in the hospital with fluids given through a needle in the vein and close monitoring. In severe cases, a tube may need to be inserted through the nose or mouth into the stomach to relieve pressure and pain. Some cases may also require surgery to remove the obstruction.

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References

  • Jackson PG, Raiji MT. Evaluation and management of intestinal obstruction. Am Fam Physician. 2011 Jan 15;83(2):159-65. PMID: 21243991.

    https://www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2011/0115/p159.html

  • Shelton BK. Intestinal obstruction. AACN Clin Issues. 1999 Nov;10(4):478-91. doi: 10.1097/00044067-199911000-00007. Erratum in: AACN Clin Issues 2000 Feb;11(1):following table of contents. PMID: 10865532.

    https://aacnjournals.org/aacnacconline

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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency Medicine)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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