what is a perforated bowel???

I have heard of this term or condition before but have been unable to locate any informarion on it, or what cause's it. Help!!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A perforated bowel is when a hole in the bowel opens up and lets the contents of the bowel spill into the rest of the abdominal cavity. It is usually caused by trauma but can also be caused from a bowel obstruction or other causes. People with Crohn's disease or diverticulitis are more susceptible to a perforated bowel. It is a medical emergency due to the fact that it causes sepsis (basically a blood infectionthat will cause you to go into shock) which will quickly lead to death. Hope this answers your question.

    Source(s): Paramedic
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  • 3 years ago

    What Is A Perforated Bowel

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  • 1 decade ago

    Perforated bowel or gastrointestinal perforation is a complete penetration of the wall of the stomach, small intestine or large bowel, resulting in intestinal contents flowing into the abdominal cavity. Perforation of the intestines results in the potential for bacterial contamination of the abdominal cavity (a condition known as peritonitis). Perforation of the stomach can lead to a chemical peritonitis due to leaked gastric acid. Perforation anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract is a surgical emergency.

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  • 1 decade ago

    A perforated bowel is a medical emergency in which a hole in the bowel opens to allow its contents to empty into the rest of the abdominal cavity. The result is frequently sepsis or blood infection, which if not treated can cause almost immediate death. A perforated bowel can occur as the result of traumatic injury, Crohn’s Disease, or diverticulitis.

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  • 1 decade ago

    A bowel perf is a rupture, an opening, in the wall of the intestine. Perfs can be caused by appendicitis, gastrointestinal cancer, untreated duodenal ulcers, sharp, swallowed objects, diverticulitis and penetrating trauma to the abdomen. They can also be caused inadvertently during abdominal surgery. Run a search for "bowel perforation" and I'm sure you'll find websites.

    Source(s): I'm a nurse.
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  • aa889d
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    1 decade ago

    It is a rip or a tear in the small or large interstine. I usually leads to a fairly severe infection, and if left untreated can cause sepsis and death.

    Because the bowel is dirty (who'd of guessed that - huh ?), then bacteria (namely e-coli) can get passed into the surrounding tissue and eventually the blood stream.

    This causes BAD infections (read - in the hospital / requiring IV antibiotics / life saving measures). This is a serious disease.

    The cause can be multi-faceted (that is: many factors). One of the most common is improper bowel movenment. The bowel wall thins out and then ruptures. This can be caused by an congenital defect as well, or other choric disease conditions.

    Source(s): Doctor of Pharmacy - 10 years in practice
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  • Anne
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    4 years ago

    Her colon was torn. I don't know the details of how it happened but the bowels, intestines and colon are all very sensitive organs in your body. I think it was a damn shame that incident occurred. The Healthcare System has really gone astray from the days when officials actually cared for their patients. I am glad it came to light though. I heard that particular hospital was under investigation anyway for their shoddy practices. They should be ashamed and shut down...

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's a bowel (or portion of your colon) with a hole in it. A variety of things can cause it including ulcers, undigestable swallowed matter or external injury.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Its when something pokes a hole into the wall of your bowels

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