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Primary or idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction
Alternative namesIntestinal pseudo-obstruction; Idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction; Ogilvie's syndrome
DefinitionPrimary or idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction is a condition characterized by symptoms of intestinal obstruction without physical evidence of such a blockage.
Causes, incidence, and risk factorsThe cause is unknown. This disorder is usually seen in teenagers and young adults. In this condition, the intestine becomes distended for some reason, but no obstruction is found. Risk factors are unknown.
Signs and tests
Expectations (prognosis)The disease may be recurrent and can persist over many years.
Calling your health care providerCall your health care provider if persistent abdominal pain or other symptoms of this disorder develop.
Update Date: 10/27/2002Jenifer K. Lehrer, M.D., Department of Gastroenterology, Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT