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What are the signs and symptoms of bowel obstruction?

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 pass gas or have a bowel movement; constipation or diarrhea, with no appetite; nausea and vomiting, high fever; rapid pulse and breathing during cramping; rectal bleeding, and; bad breath.

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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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