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    Bowel Obstructions

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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 Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerJerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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