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What is `pseudo obstruction`?

07/18/1999

Question:

We are told that our mother with PD who has had severe bowel problems is suffering from "pseudo obstruction". What does this mean? She has been hospitalized 2 times for impactions. Is this connected with her PD? Will she always need tube feeding? She is so miserable she wants to die!

Answer:

Constipation is a common problem in PD. It is not possible for me to answer the other questions which are best discussed with her primary physician.

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Response by:

Arif Dalvi, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati