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intestinal obstruction

Intestinal obstruction is a blockage of your small intestine or colon that prevents food and fluid from passing through.


Symptoms may include:



Causes may include:


  • a hernia or tumor physically blocks the intestine - blockage of your intestine can be partial or complete

Treatment may include:


  • hospitalization
  • intravenous (IV) - putting a nasogastric (NG) tube into the nose and into the stomach to suck air and fluid out to allow the intestines to decompress, and placing a thin, flexible tube (catheter) into the bladder to drain urine
  • medication
  • surgery

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