Adhesion: Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

Adhesions in joints, tendons, or ligaments make it harder to move the joint and may cause pain.

Adhesions in the belly (abdomen) that caused a kink, twist, or pulling may cause a blockage of the intestines. Symptoms include:

* Bloating or swelling of your belly
* Constipation
* Nausea and vomiting
* No longer being able to pass gas
* Pain in the belly that is severe and crampy

Adhesions in the pelvis may cause chronic or long-term pelvic pain.

Diagnosis & Tests

Most of the time, the adhesions cannot be seen using x-rays or imaging tests.

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* Hysterosalpingography may help diagnose adhesions inside the uterus or Fallopian tubes.
* X-rays of the abdomen, barium contrast studies, and CT scans may help diagnose a blockage of the intestines caused by adhesions.

Endoscopy (a way of looking inside the body using a flexible tube that has a small camera on the end) may help diagnose adhesions:

* Hysteroscopy looks inside the uterus
* Laparoscopy looks inside the abdomen and pelvis

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Review Date : 2/21/2010
Reviewed By : Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Redmond, Washington; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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