Signs and symptoms of intestinal obstruction include:
- Crampy abdominal pain that comes and goes
- Inability to have a bowel movement or pass gas
- Swelling of the abdomen (distention)
When to see a doctor
Because of the serious complications that can develop from intestinal obstruction, seek immediate medical care if you have severe abdominal pain or other symptoms of intestinal obstruction.
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