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Probiotics

consumption of beneficial bacteria in foods or supplements which improves the ratio of bacteria in colon

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Prebiotic

consumption of foods that promote growth of good (and not bad) bacteria

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Mechanical Bowel Obstruction

a physical obstruction that blocks GI tract

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Pseudo Bowel Obstruction

no physical obstruction, bowels become paralyzed due to a problem with nerves that stimulate muscle contraction

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Bowel Obstruction Complications

blood supply is cut off which can cause intestinal cell death

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Treatments for Bowel Obstructions

Rest the bowels, then slowly reintroduce liquids or start tube feeding at low volume