present with sudden onset of cramp pain with increasing intensity and nausea with or without vomiting (Dains, et al, 2016). Most commonly occurs early within the small intestinal obstruction and late with large bowel obstruction (Dains, et al, 2016). Obstipation occurs with a complete obstruction, but diarrhea can be present with a partial obstruction (Dains, et al, 2016). Hyperactive, high-pitched bowel sounds can be present with a small bowel obstruction while a mass may be palpable in a lower obstruction. Abdominal distention can be present with both small or large bowel obstructions(Dains, et al, 2016) . Definitive diagnosis is made with abdominal x-rays, CT scan, or MRI. 3) Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) - is a common disorder that is characterized by abdominal cramping, abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating, and altered bowel habits, consisting of diarrhea or constipation or alternating between diarrhea and constipation (Hurd, et al., 2013). The patient with IBS will have a normal bowel examination and the stool will be negative for blood. If the onset of IBS is at middle age or older, if the stool is positive for blood, if there is a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, or if the patient fails to show improvement of symptoms after 6 to 8 weeks of therapy a proctosigmoidoscopy or barium enema (BE) should be considered (Dains, et al).
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