Ileus Symptoms, Causes & More

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Ileus Causes

The two types of ileus have different causes. Mechanical ileus is caused by structural problems that prevent food from passing through the bowel. Scar tissue and fibrous bands may press on the bowel walls from outside, obstructing movement inside. Walls thickened by inflammation may also slow or stop progression of food.

Functional ileus arises from nerve or muscle problems that inhibit the bowel's movement. Diseases that affect nerves, such as Parkinson's and diabetes, may interrupt the brain's impulses that facilitate the bowel's activity.1’Intestinal obstruction.’ Mayo Clinic. www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/intestinal-obstruction/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351465

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