Paralytic ileus describes a medical condition affecting the intestines. The intestines are a part of the gastrointestinal tract, along with the colon. When any portion of this system experiences a partial or complete blockage, it can result in the onset of paralytic ileus. As a result of the condition, the affected individual starts to notice the signs of constipation and discomfort in the bowels.
The patient may be unable to pass stool and experience a loss of appetite. The patient may also notice that they stop feeling hungry, as well. Paralytic ileus is a severe condition that requires immediate medical treatment. In most cases, the use of OTC laxatives will not do anything to provide the patient with relief from their symptoms of pain, discomfort, and bloating.
If the patient does not receive prompt treatment for their condition, the paralytic ileus may cause other severe intestinal disorders that threaten the life of the affected individual.
The bowels are home to trillions of living bacteria, known as biomes. Biomes require a balanced bacterial environment to thrive. When pathogens disturb the delicate bacterial balance, it can result in the onset of paralytic ileus. Some bacteria and viruses that cause the beginning of gastroenteritis may start to create symptoms of pain, bloating, and gas in the affected individual.
In most cases, the virus will pass without any additional treatment or medical advice. However, bacterial infections of the bowels are much more serve. The patient will require the use of antibiotics to clear the infection and return the intestines to normal function.
In some cases, a severe infection that results in the onset of gastroenteritis may also start the beginning of paralytic ileus. Patients require immediate treatment from a medical professional to ensure that they do not experience life-threatening complications. If left untreated and unmanaged, the patient may develop diverticulitis or blood poisoning from the infection.