Definition Intestinal obstruction repair is surgery to relieve a bowel obstruction . A bowel obstruction is when the contents of the intestines cannot pass through and exit the body. A complete obstruction is a surgical emergency. See also: Large bowel resection Small bowel resection Alternative Names Repair of volvulus; Paralytic ileus - repair; Intestinal volvulus - repair; Bowel obstruction - repair; Ileus - repair Description Intestinal obstruction repair is done while you are under general anesthesia . This makes you unconscious and unable to feel pain. The surgeon makes an incision (cut) in your belly to expose your intestines. Then the surgeon locates the area of your intestine (also called "bowel") that is blocked. The blockage will be freed. Any injured sections of your bowel will be repaired or removed. If a section is removed, the healthy ends will be reconnected with stitches. Sometimes when part of the intestine is removed, the ends cannot be reconnected. If this happens, the surgeon...
Intestinal pseudo-obstruction is a condition in which there are symptoms of intestinal blockage without any physical signs of a blockage.
Primary intestinal pseudo-obstruction; Acute colonic ileus; Colonic pseudo-obstruction; Idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction; Ogilvie's syndrome; Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
In primary intestinal pseudo-obstruction, the small or large intestines lose their ability to contract and push food, stool, and air through the gastrointestinal tract.
The condition can occur suddenly (acute) or over time (chronic). It may occur at any age, but is most common in children and the elderly. Because the cause is unknown, it is also called idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (idiopathic means occurring without reason).
Risk factors include:
Having cerebral palsy or other nervous system (neurologic) disorders
Staying in bed for long p...
A friend recently called my attention to an on-line Scientific American article titled " Your Intestines Can Taste Sugar ".
Wow; I had thought the taste buds were in one's mouth, not one's gut! However, the more I looked at the story, the less I was impressed with gut-tasting-sugar concept, and the more I was impressed with the creativity of press agents promoting another me-too diabetes drug in development; in this case, another tweak on extended-release metformin.
Metformin has been one of the mainstay drugs in the treatment of type 2 diabetes for many years, and is frequently recommended to start at the time of initial diagnosis. Extended-release versions have long been available under trade names such as Glucophage XR (XR stands for extended release, not X-Ray: get it?). The extended-release version releases the drug more slowly, which helps decrease the gastrointestinal side effects of diarrhea and belly pain. And once-daily dosing is easier to handle then three-times...
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