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In Icu for 16 days, Lazy bowel, stomach looks like 7 months pregnant. Cure?

My grandpa has been in Icu for 16 days. They said he has a lazy bowel. His stomach looks like he is 7 months pregnant. How long will they let this go before it becomes a emergency?
Asked On : Thu, 15 Mar 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

Welcome to HCM,

Without knowing exact diagnosis it is very difficult to give any clew.

It seems that he might have sub acute intestinal obstruction may be due to chronic constipation.

So they might have giving treatment accordingly.

Ask directly to attending doctor and try to know exact cause and treatment given.

Ok and bye.
Answered: Thu, 15 Mar 2012
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Pain Medicine & Palliative Care Specialist Dr. Kerry Pottinger's  Response
This appears to be subacute intestinal obstruction and is quite common in patients in the ICU who are severely ill. A nasogastric tube will help reduce the stomach distension which is causing his abdominal swelling. Usually the distension reduces as a patient's condition improves and it can be helped by giving a patient nasogastric feed through the tube. However, this would depend on what is the underlying problem with your Grandpa. It would only become an emergency if the distension caused a perforation of his bowel.
Hope this helps.
Dr K A Pottinger,
Answered: Tue, 27 Aug 2013
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