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
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
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