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Bowel obstruction

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Bowel obstruction, also known as intestinal obstruction, is a mechanical or functional obstruction of the intestines which prevents the normal movement of the products of digestion.[1][2] Either the small bowel or large bowel may be affected.[3]

Signs and symptoms include abdominal pain, vomiting, bloating and not passing gas.


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  3. Gore RM, Silvers RI, Thakrar KH, Wenzke DR, Mehta UK, Newmark GM, Berlin JW (November 2015). "Bowel Obstruction". Radiologic Clinics of North America. 53 (6): 1225–40. doi:10.1016/j.rcl.2015.06.008. PMID 26526435.