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A mechanical bowel obstruction can develop in either the small
intestine or the large intestine (also called the colon). The condition
partially or completely prevents the contents of the intestine from
flowing normally through the bowels.
The picture on the left
shows a blockage in the small intestine that might develop, for example, as a
result of scar tissue formation (adhesions).
The picture on the right shows a
partial blockage in the colon caused by a tumor (cancer).
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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