According to the Digestive Health Centre online, the reason for bowel obstructions to occur include the fact that the individual has adhesions, or scar tissue, that forms inside the colon which may form after abdominal surgery. When this happens, a section of the bowel gets trapped and causes a mechanical bowel obstruction to occur.
In addition, a hernia (where part of the bowel pushes through a weak area in the abdominal wall) or volvulus (where the bowel becomes twisted), may be some other reasons for mechanical obstructions of the small bowel. There can also be mechanical obstructions of the large bowel. The most common reason for this is a malignant tumor (which can also happen in the small bowel, but only rarely). The risk of this obstruction increases as the tumor grows. A volvulus may also occur in the large colon but most often occurs in the sigmoid colon.
The site also listed the following as possible causes of bowel obstruction:
- Impacted stools from severe constipation
- Diseases that affect the intestinal wall such as Crohn’s disease or diverticular disease
- A swallowed item
- Intussusception, where part of the intestine folds in on itself
- Congenital malformation of the bowel
These are all good things to know and to watch for with your clients (especially your male clients!) as by gaining all this knowledge, you consistently prove that With Age Comes Respect.