intestinal obstruction

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Partial or complete blockage of the bowel producing symptoms of vomiting, distension, and abdominal pain due to failure to pass intestinal contents. The causes may be acute (e.g. incarcerated hernia) or chronic (e.g. tumours, Crohn’s disease). Conservative management is by nasogastric suction (‘suck’) and replacement of water and electrolytes (‘drip’), but most cases require surgical cure by removing the underlying cause.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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