Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction:Points to Remember

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Oct 08, 2012

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  • It is a condition with symptoms similar to bowel obstruction, or blockage.
  • It is caused by nerve or muscle problems.
  • It occurs more often in children and older adults.
  • Treatment depends on the type and severity.

Intestinal pseudo-obstruction is a condition with symptoms like those caused by a bowel obstruction, or blockage. But when the intestines are examined, no blockage is found.


Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction


Below are some of the points about Intestinal pseudo-obstruction to remember.

  • Intestinal pseudo-obstruction is caused by nerve or muscle problems that prevent the intestines from contracting normally to move food, fluid, and air through the intestines.
  • Intestinal pseudo-obstruction can occur in people of any age, but it occurs more often in children and older adults. Children can have a long-lasting form of the condition called chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIP). CIP in children is usually present at birth.
  • Symptoms may include cramps, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, constipation, and occasionally diarrhoea. Over time, the condition can cause bacterial infections, malnutrition, weight loss, and muscle problems in other parts of the body.
  • Diagnosis of intestinal pseudo-obstruction involves checking medical history, a physical exam and x-ray examination. Other testing may be needed, such as manometry to measure the patterns of intestinal contractions.
  • Treatment depends on the type and severity of intestinal pseudo-obstruction and may involve nutritional support, medications, surgery, or other procedures. People with ACPO may need procedures to remove gas from the bowel. In severe cases of intestinal pseudo-obstruction, surgery to remove part of the intestine or other intestinal surgery might be necessary.




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