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Intestinal obstruction causing colic, vomiting, and constipation.

[Latin īleus, from Greek eileos, from eilein, to squeeze, hold in check; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Pathology) obstruction of the intestine, esp the ileum, by mechanical occlusion or as the result of distension of the bowel following loss of muscular action
[C18: from Latin īleos severe colic, from Greek eileos a rolling, twisting, from eilein to roll]
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(ˈɪl i əs)

intestinal obstruction characterized by lack of peristalsis and leading to severe colicky pain and vomiting.
[1700–10; < Latin īleus colic < Greek eileós, akin to eílein to roll]
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Noun1.ileus - blockage of the intestine (especially the ileum) that prevents the contents of the intestine from passing to the lower bowel
enteropathy - a disease of the intestinal tract
blockage, obstruction - the physical condition of blocking or filling a passage with an obstruction
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Gastrointestinal complications such as bleeding, intestinal perforation, paralytic ileus, hepatitis, cholecystitis and peritonitis have been described.
Chronic constipation, varios abdominal masses, previous abdominal surgery, abnormal mobilization of the cecum and paralytic ileus were reported as etiologic and predisposing factors.
Further, the patient developed paralytic ileus with abdominal distension, edemas of the scrotum and legs, and became dyspneic with tachycardia.
Large-bowel obstruction should be considered if the colonic diameter is greater than 6 cm and in the presence of air-fluid levels, although these findings are not specific for obstruction and can be seen with paralytic ileus and toxic megacolon.
paralytic ileus, mesenteric thrombus or embolus and hypokalemia.9
Paralytic ileus develops, leading to profound sequestration of fluid and loss of electrolytes and protein-rich exudate.
One case that intestinal obstruction is as the first manifestations of GBS indicates that paralytic ileus in patients with GBS may be associated with a sympathetic and parasympathetic bowel dysfunction and mononuclear cell infiltration and extensive demyelination surrounding sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system has been demonstrated pathologically.
Severe hypokalemia in the digestive system can cause paralytic ileus. Long term use of antipsychotic drugs can lead to electrolyte imbalance including hypokelamia.
The complications were lung atelectasis in three patients, paralytic ileus in one patient, and pulmonary effusion in one patient.
Thereafter, we started immunochemotherapy by removing vincristine from the CHOP regimen due to concerns about adverse effects on the gastrointestinal system (e.g., paralytic ileus), which might exacerbate perforation.
She initially was diagnosed to have paralytic ileus, but her general condition eventually deteriorated dramatically, and she developed tachycardia and shortness of breath.