Is bowel obstruction hereditary?
No, bowel obstructions are not hereditary.
Author: Karen McCloskey
First answered: 23 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 17 Oct 2018
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Bowel (intestinal) obstruction occurs when you have a complete or partial blockage of your bowel. The blockage stops liquids, solids and gas from passing through your small or large intestine.
Bowel obstruction is usually due to something physically blocking your intestine. Common causes of this are scar tissue (adhesions) which form after abdominal surgery, hernias, tumors, twisting of the intestine (volvulus), telescoping (intussusception) and …
Signs and symptoms of bowel obstruction depend on where the blockage occurs and if it is complete or partial. Common symptoms are: colicky stomach pain and cramping, which comes and goes; abdominal fullness and swelling; inability to …
Bowel obstructions can happen to anyone, but certain conditions can raise your risk, such as: previous abdominal or pelvic surgery; inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis; abdominal cancer, especially if a tumor has been removed …
A bowel obstruction is not infectious, but abdominal infections (peritonitis) are a serious side effect of some types of obstruction.
Yes, all forms of bowel obstruction are a medical emergency and cannot be treated at home. Left untreated, some types of obstruction can prove fatal.
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 …
There is a slightly higher risk of having a recurring bowel obstruction with some types of this condition.