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Ileus

Also known as Bowel Ileus

Ileus (/ˈɪliəs/ or /ˈɪlɪəs/) is a disruption of the normal propulsive ability of the gastrointestinal tract.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with ileus, 88% report having sharp abdominal pain, 77% report having vomiting, and 70% report having nausea. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of ileus are constipation and stomach bloating, although you may still have ileus without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with ileus often receive radiographic imaging procedure, hematologic tests, complete blood count, intravenous fluid replacement, plain x-ray, kidney function tests, urinalysis and electrolytes panel .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with ileus include ondansetron (zofran), hydromorphone (dilaudid), meperidine (demerol), metronidazole, iohexol (omnipaque), sodium phosphate / sodium phosphate, monobasic, dicyclomine, simethicone (degas), hyoscyamine (a-spas), magaldrate, erythromycin / sulfisoxazole, iopamidol (isovue) and cefoxitin .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for ileus include race/ethnicity = other, age 75+ years and age 60-74 years.

Age

< 1 years
0.7x
1-4 years
0.6x
5-14 years
0.3x
15-29 years
0.4x
30-44 years
0.9x
45-59 years
1.1x
60-74 years
1.6x
75+ years
2.1x

Sex

Male
1.1x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.7x
Hispanic
0.5x
White
1.1x
Other
1.8x
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