Crohn’s Complications, Part Three: Bowel Obstructions

Crohn’s Complications, Part Three: Bowel Obstructions
Editor’s note: This is the third article in the “Crohn’s Complications” series by Mary Horsley. This series will focus on IBD-related complications beyond the symptoms. Read part one and part two of the series. In my latest series, “Crohn’s Complications,” I will write about the complications beyond the symptoms and focus on the more extreme medical emergencies that Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can induce. As I mentioned in the “Beyond the Bathroom” series, and as many IBD patients can tell you, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are much more than just bathroom illnesses. Remember, each patient is unique in their symptoms and disease, and what may happen for others may not necessarily be your path, too. Complications can happen with Crohn’s either through symptoms, sickness, or surgeries, with no two patients suffering exactly the same way. With Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, now that we know when to visit the emergency room, a common worry for patients and doctors is a bowel obstruction complication. With Crohn's or colitis, a bowel obstruction can be a major fear. Inflammation of the lining of the intestines can lead to scarring, swelling, or narrowing of the bowel, called a stricture, and even large ulcerations or looped bowels. This can cause food particles and waste to become stuck or lodged in position, creating a blockage that prevents food from moving through. Blockages can come as a partial obstruction or a full obstruction, both a major complication of Crohn's and colitis. With a partial obstruction, small particles, liquids, and gas can make their way through, de
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