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Constipation, trouble breathing, bloating. Due to inability to pass gas?

My brother-in-law is in ICU at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. He has been there since 1AM Sunday and is constipated and seems to be getting worse by the day. He s having a lot of trouble breathing and has bloated to nearly twice his size. I believe the problem is he can t pass gas. I ve known him for 45 years and know he passes a lot of gas daily and isn t able to now. The doctors are doing everything imaginable but I think the problem is gas. What can I do to convince the doctors?
Asked On : Sun, 3 Mar 2013
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Thank you for the query.

Lack of gas and stool passing clearly indicates complete bowels obstruction. If the problem has appeared before he was admitted to the hospital, colon cancer, abdominal adhesions or hernia could cause it. If the problem has started after admittance, paralysis of intestines due to other diseases (like sepsis due to intestine perforation, urinary tract infection) can be the reason.

Please ask doctor to make a simple abdominal X-ray and if the obstruction will be confirmed, ask them for surgical consult.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Fri, 30 Aug 2013
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