In-depth

Complications

Intestinal obstruction

Intestinal obstruction — a serious condition that requires prompt medical attention — occurs when a blockage of the intestine prevents food or fluid from passing through.

Symptoms

Abdominal pain

Find out what causes different types of abdominal pain.

Nausea and vomiting

Rectal bleeding

Symptom Checker

Foot pain? Headache? Sore throat? Skin rash? Use the Symptom Checker to find out what's causing your symptom.

Tests and diagnosis

Barium enema

Colonoscopy

Fecal occult blood test

Flexible sigmoidoscopy

Has your doctor recommended a flexible sigmoidoscopy exam? Here's what you need to know about preparation and the exam itself.

Genetic testing

Genetic testing is used to detect altered genes that may cause illness or disease. Although genetic testing can offer important health information, it has limitations.

Needle biopsy

Find out what to expect during a needle biopsy.

Stool DNA test

Virtual colonoscopy

Treatments and drugs

Colectomy

Find out what you can expect before and after your colectomy surgery.

Endoscopic mucosal resection

Aug. 12, 2014