Possible Bowel blockage, throwing up brown liquid

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Possible Bowel blockage, throwing up brown liquid

by Tommie on Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:00 AM

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This is an addition to the trouble with colostomy post.... My mom has stage 4 colon cancer, she had surgery on June 6th for a bowel blockage, they gave her a colostomy. It has been 10 days now since the colostomy stopped putting out. She started throwing up brown liquid a week ago. In the beginning it had a strong foul odor and the nurse believed it had stool in it. It since then has become much lighter in color, still brown but has a different consistency and does not have the bad odor. If you have any thoughts on this or if you have experienced this please email back.

Thanks!

RE: Possible Bowel blockage, throwing up brown liquid

by Hadassah on Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 7/17/2008 Tommie wrote:

This is an addition to the trouble with colostomy post.... My mom has stage 4 colon cancer, she had surgery on June 6th for a bowel blockage, they gave her a colostomy. It has been 10 days now since the colostomy stopped putting out. She started throwing up brown liquid a week ago. In the beginning it had a strong foul odor and the nurse believed it had stool in it. It since then has become much lighter in color, still brown but has a different consistency and does not have the bad odor. If you have any thoughts on this or if you have experienced this please email back.

Thanks!


I had a bowel obstruction and was throwing up liquid stool. It was pretty dreadful. I had had surgery for colon cancer in 2005 and in Nov 2006 got terrible pain and started vomiting. I don't have a colostomy but brown liquid in vomit is usually a sign of an obstruction in any case. . I had a CT scan in the ER and then was on an IV for two weeks and couldn't eat much at all. I had adhesions from the surgery which wrapped around the ileum and caused the obstruction.

 My thoughts are: A CT scan will usually show if there is an obstruction so that should be done, or an MRI scan to show what is going on. If your mother has had nothing coming thru the colostomy then I would say it the situation  needs to be assessed immediately. What has the doctor said or done about it? How is she getting her fluids? Is she managing to drink or eat at all? 

The fact the fluid is lighter now and does not smell as bad, would seem to be a positive sign but I would think that a CT or MRI needs to be done to find out if there a blockage. Once you have the information you and your family can decide what steps to take next and discuss with your Mom how she is feeling and what she wants to do.

I wish you all the best,

 

 

 

 

 

 

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