Abdominal adhesions are bands of fibrous tissue that can form between abdominal tissues and organs. Normally, internal tissues and organs have slippery surfaces, preventing them from sticking together as the body moves. However, abdominal adhesions cause tissues and organs in
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Symptoms of Abdominal adhesions
What are the symptoms of abdominal adhesions?
In most cases, abdominal adhesions do not cause symptoms. When symptoms are present, chronic abdominal pain is the most common.
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Complications of Abdominal adhesions
What are the complications of abdominal adhesions?
Abdominal adhesions can cause intestinal obstruction and female infertility—the inability to become pregnant after a year of trying.
Abdominal adhesions can lead to female infertility by preventing fertilized eggs from reaching the
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Causes of Abdominal adhesions
What causes abdominal adhesions? Abdominal surgery is the most frequent cause of abdominal adhesions. Surgery-related causes include
- cuts involving internal organs
- handling of internal organs
- drying out of internal organs and tissues
- contact of internal tissues with foreign materials ...
Diagnosis of Abdominal adhesions
How are abdominal adhesions and intestinal obstructions diagnosed?
Abdominal adhesions cannot be detected by tests or seen through imaging techniques such as x-rays or ultrasound. Most abdominal adhesions are found during surgery performed to examine the abdomen. However, abdominal
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Risk Factors for Abdominal adhesions
How common are abdominal adhesions and who is at risk?
Of patients who undergo abdominal surgery, 93 percent develop abdominal adhesions. Surgery in the lower abdomen and pelvis, including bowel and gynecological operations, carries an even greater chance of
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Treatments: Abdominal adhesions
How are abdominal adhesions and intestinal obstructions treated?
Abdominal adhesions that do not cause symptoms generally do not require treatment. Surgery is the only way to treat abdominal adhesions that cause pain, intestinal obstruction, or fertility problems.
More surgery, however
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Prevention of Abdominal adhesions
How can abdominal adhesions be prevented?
Abdominal adhesions are difficult to prevent; however, certain surgical techniques can minimize abdominal adhesions.
Laparoscopic surgery decreases the potential for abdominal adhesions because several tiny incisions are made in the lower abdomen instead of
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