Ileus is a type of non-mechanical bowel obstruction. It results when peristalsis stops. Peristalsis is the wavelike contractions that help push stool through the colon and small bowel.
Small Bowel Distention
Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.
Ileus may be caused by:
- Abdominal surgery
- Joint or spine surgery
- Injury or trauma
- Infections, such as:
- Heart attack
- Imbalance of electrolytes
- Disorders that affect muscle function
- Use of certain drugs, such as narcotic pain drugs or high blood pressure medication
- Low blood supply to parts of the intestine
Last reviewedJuly 2013by Daus Mahnke, MD; Michael Woods, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.