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What causes bowel obstruction?

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 inflamed intestinal pouches (diverticulitis).

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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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