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Disease or Condition — Digestive Disorders:
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Description

Intestinal pseudo-obstruction is a condition in which the intestines appear to be blocked, but there is no physical obstruction. It is caused by a malfunction of the muscles and nerves in the intestines, which prevents them from contracting and pushing food through the digestive tract. Symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and constipation. Treatment may include medications, dietary changes, and surgery.

Synonyms
  • acute colonic pseudo-obstruction
  • intestinal pseudo-obstruction
  • Ogilvie syndrome
Symptoms (patient's findings)
  • abdominal pain
  • fever
  • nausea
  • vomiting
Signs (examiner's findings)
  • abdominal tenderness
  • absent bowel sounds
  • hyperactive bowel sounds
  • hypoactive bowel sounds

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