Gastrointestinal obstruction is a partial or complete blockage along the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestines, colon (large intestines), and rectum. A blockage anywhere along this path can affect how food, fluids, and gas move through the tract and get absorbed.
The blockage could be caused by something in the gastrointestinal tract disrupting movement or narrowing or twists in the intestines. Examples include but are not limited to tumors, hernias, constipation, adhesions (scar tissue), and inflammation along the gastrointestinal tract (i.e. diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.). If left untreated, affected parts of the tract can die and the problem could be life-threatening.
In addition to the physical exam, the physician will determine the location and type of blockage using
Additional blood and lab tests may be performed to check for causes or effects of the obstruction, such as:
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