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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
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Alternative Names Uropathy - obstructive Symptoms Symptoms associated with obstructive uropathy vary depending on whether the obstruction is acute or chronic, whether it is unilateral or bilateral, whether it is complete or partial, and what caused it. Common symptoms of obstructive uropathy include the following: Flank pain Bilateral or unilateral
Colicky or severe Urinary tract infection
Difficulty or pain while urinating Nausea or vomiting
Weight gain or swelling (edema)
Decreased urine output
Blood in the urine Signs and tests The diagnosis of obstructive uropathy is made on imaging studies. Common radiographic studies used to diagnose obstructive uropathy include: Abdominal ultrasound Abdominal CT scan Intravenous pyelogram (IVP) Voiding cystourethrogram
Renal nuclear scan
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