Intestinal obstruction is a partial or complete blockage of the bowel. The contents of the intestine cannot pass through it. Abdominal swelling (distention), Abdominal fullness, gas, Abdominal pain and cramping, Breath odor, Constipation, Diarrhea, Inability to pass gas, Vomiting.
Treatment involves placing a tube through the nose into the stomach or intestine. This is to help relieve abdominal swelling (distention) and vomiting. Volvulus of the large bowel may be treated by passing a tube into the rectum. Surgery may be needed to relieve the obstruction if the tube does not relieve the symptoms. It may also be needed if there are signs of tissue death.
The study group was composed of 54.4% males and the age ranged from 18 to 85 years with the mean age of 35.8. The mean duration of symptoms was 2.4 days, ranging from 4 hours to 9 days. Absence of passage of flatus (92%) and/or feces (84%), abdominal pain (65.7%) and abdominal distension (73.6%) were the most common symptoms and physical finding, respectively.