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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is intestinal obstruction?

This occurs when the intestines are blocked, e.g. by tumors or scar tissue from previous surgeries. Prompt medical attention is needed.

Symptoms related to intestinal obstruction

  • Pain around the belly button area

  • Stomach feels bloated

  • Abdominal pain

  • Lower left abdomen or tummy pain

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Intermittent, crampy abdominal pain

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

Questions your doctor may ask to check for intestinal obstruction

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose intestinal obstruction

  • Do you have pain around your belly button?

  • Do you feel that your abdomen (stomach) is bloated or has a lot of gas?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Do you have pain in the bottom left area of your abdomen (stomach)?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

Treatment for intestinal obstruction

Treatment depends on the degree and location of the obstruction. In mild cases fasting may be enough; this is done in hospital with fluids given through a needle in the vein, and close monitoring. In severe cases, a tube may need to be inserted via the nose or mouth, into the stomach to relieve pressure and pain. Some cases may also need 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/services/cq/aafp/link_out?pmid=21243991

  • 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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