Bowel Obstruction

Sites

  • Small or large bowel obstruction

Etiology

  • Most commonly from adhesions (prior surgery, abdominal infection, other)
  • Can also result from cancer, hernias, other

Symptoms

  • Generalized abd
  • Comes in waves
  • N
  • V
  • Abd distension
  • Decreased flatus

Physical Exam Findings

  • Distended
  • Generalized discomfort
  • If from hernia, site may be visible (inguinal, ventral, other)