Ileus|post-lapatomy

Etiology

  • Post laparotomy: after handling/manipulation intestines → resolves as patient recovers

Risk Factors

  • S/P abdominal operation
  • Longer operative time, prolonged handling of intestines

Symptoms

  • Nausea, vomiting, abdominal distention, no bowel movement, minimal/no flatus
  • As recover from ileus: begin passing gas, decreased abdominal discomfort/distention

Physical Exam Findings

  • Abdominal distention, now or few bowel sounds