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Intestinal obstruction repair - series—Indication, part 1

Indication, part 1

Overview

Obstruction of the intestine occurs when food and water cannot pass through the intestine. The area of intestine nearest to the obstruction becomes dilated and non-functioning. If the obstruction is not relieved, it can lead to intestinal gangrene and perforation.

Update Date 2/27/2016

Updated by: Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, general surgery practice specializing in breast cancer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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