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How is bowel obstruction treated?

Complete blockages will require surgery. Partial blockages can be treated by a doctor inserting a thin tube to drain away excess fluid and gas. If you have paralytic ileus (paralysis of the intestinal muscles) you may be kept under observation without any treatment, as it tends to be a temporary condition.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 23 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Gastroenteritis

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