Partial Small, Large Intestinal Blockage
In a partial intestinal blockage, the passageway of the contents of the bowel get impeded, but not blocked completely. This condition develops slowly, causing constipation and irregular bowel movements.
Partial Intestine Blockage Symptoms
Symptoms of partial small bowel blockage
- Pain in the abdomen: crampy pains occur commonly, around the umbilicus. If left untreated, the pain diminishes, because the intestine stops contracting.
- Constipation is the commonest manifestation, it may alternate with diarrhea.
- Bloating of the lower abdomen.
Symptoms of large bowel blockage
- Pain in the abdomen, below the umbilicus. Constant, excruciating pain suggests that the blood supply has been cut off.
- Diarrhea alternating with constipation.
Partial Intestinal Blockage Treatment
- The doctors begin with supportive care, i.e. intravenous IV fluids and drugs are administered.
- You may be put on to a liquid diet, and the physician may wait and watch.
- Naso-gastric suction of gas and fluids is done alleviate pain and pressure.
- Non-surgical therapy relieves the symptoms, clears an obstruction, or gives you time to gain strength prior to the operation.
- An enema is given
- Occasionally, the doctor may place stents in the large bowel; they are flexible metal tubes that propel intestinal contents forwards. A stent is a substitute for surgery.
- If non-surgical therapy does not show any results, you may need a surgical procedure, more so, in cases of blood supply being cut out, strangulation and septic conditions.