Intestinal Pseudo obstruction
Intestinal pseudo-obstruction is caused by problems with the muscles and nerves of the intestine.
This problem may be caused by conditions, such as:
- Taking certain medicines, such as opioids, narcotics, and calcium channel blockers
- Abnormal tissue growth
- Connective tissue diseases, such as scleroderma and lupus
- Neurological diseases, such as Parkinson disease
- Metabolic problems, such as diabetes
- Heart disease
Problems may be:
- Belly pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- A swollen belly
- Problems passing gas or stool (poop)
- Diarrhea (less common)
Any underlying problems will need to be treated. The goal of treatment is to make it easier for foods and liquids to pass through the intestines. Options are:
IV feeding may be needed to lower the risk of malnutrition.
Medicines that are causing this problem may be stopped or changed. Medicine may also be given to:
- Lower the risk of bacterial infections
- Treat muscle problems in the intestines
People who are not helped by other methods may need colonoscopic decompression therapy. A colonoscope will be used to remove trapped air from the colon.
People with severe problems may need surgery. Part of the intestine may be removed.
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Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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