Q. Is IBD the cause of my small bowel obstruction?

Answered by
Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 21, 2020

Last year, I was treated in the ER for a small bowel obstruction due to inflammation. I do not have a diagnosis of an IBD. After looking at the criteria for Crohns and UC, I fit the bill for at the most 2 of the symptoms. Ive gone now for almost a year without any other issues but know that at times there is still inflammation. My teenage son is having issues possibly related to an IBD. Is it possible that Ive gone all these years without a diagnosis? Or is there any other explanation for a small bowel obstruction?

I Knew something was wrong a month before obstruction. Stool was sometimes narrow and difficult to push. Still have that issue occasionally.


Hello dear. I welcome you to icliniq.

Well is may be a simple infection of the small bowel which has led to you some obstructive symptoms, not necessarily complete obstruction, otherwise you would have had surgery at the time. Some bacterial infections involving small bowel can present like that, and resolve with antibiotic therapies. Since you do not have recurrent symptoms, I doubt whether you have IBD.

If you completely asymptomatic at the moment, then do not worry about this, if you have symptoms then we can discuss the possibilities. And in that case, let me know your symptoms. And if your son has the same, I would also want to know his symptoms as well. I hope this answered your concern.

Best regards

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