Ileus is a serious gastrointestinal condition in which there is a lack of intestinal movement. This lack of movement causes bowel obstruction. Without proper treatment, an ileus may lead to perforation of the intestine and infection of the surrounding organs.
Your intestines constantly perform wave-like muscle contractions called peristalsis. Peristalsis moves food, gas, and fecal matter forward until eliminated from the body. When an area of the intestines stops moving or slows down, this can cause the fecal matter to sit around, creating a buildup or blockage. Ileus is the lack of movement in the intestines which causes this buildup.
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