What are the signs of a blocked bowel?
Intestinal obstruction causes a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- severe bloating.
- abdominal pain.
- decreased appetite.
- inability to pass gas or stool.
How do you clear a bowel obstruction?
- Placing an intravenous (IV) line into a vein in your arm so that fluids can be given.
- Putting a nasogastric tube through your nose and into your stomach to suck out air and fluid and relieve abdominal swelling.
- Placing a thin, flexible tube (catheter) into your bladder to drain urine and collect it for testing.
How long can you live with a bowel obstruction?
Without any fluids (either as sips, ice chips or intravenously) people with a complete bowel obstruction most often survive a week or two. Sometimes it’s only a few days, sometimes as long as three weeks. With fluids, survival time may be extended by a few weeks or even a month or two.
What is the most common cause of small bowel obstruction?
Small-bowel obstruction (SBO) is caused by a variety of pathologic processes. The most common cause of SBO in developed countries is intra-abdominal adhesions, accounting for approximately 65% to 75% of cases, followed by hernias, Crohn disease, malignancy, and volvulus.