Diseases and conditions that can increase your risk of intestinal obstruction include:

  • Abdominal or pelvic surgery often causes adhesions — a common intestinal obstruction
  • Crohn's disease can cause the intestine's walls to thicken, narrowing the passageway
  • Cancer in your abdomen, especially if you've had surgery to remove an abdominal tumor or radiation therapy
Dec. 18, 2012