What are Abdominal Adhesions?

Abdominal adhesions are bands of scar tissue that form inside your abdomen. The bands form between two or more organs or between organs and the abdominal wall. Abdominal adhesions can kink, twist, pull, or compress the intestines and other organs in the abdomen, causing symptoms and complications, such as intestinal blockage. Abdominal adhesions are common and often develop after abdominal surgery.

Causes of Abdominal Adhesions

Abdominal surgery is the most common cause of abdominal adhesions. Conditions that involve inflammation or infection in the abdomen may also cause adhesions. These conditions include Crohn’s disease, diverticular disease, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease and peritonitis.

Complications of Abdominal Adhesions

Abdominal adhesions can cause intestinal obstruction, pain, or even cause fertility issues in women.

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