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Intestinal pseudo-obstruction

Other Names for this Disease
  • Hollow visceral myopathy
  • Intestinal pseudoobstruction
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Intestinal pseudo-obstruction is a digestive disorder in which the intestinal walls are unable to contract normally (called hypomotility); the condition resembles a true obstruction, but no actual blockage exists. Signs and symptoms may include abdominal pain; vomiting; diarrhea; constipation; malabsorption of nutrients leading to weight loss and/or failure to thrive; and other symptoms. It may be classified as neuropathic (from lack of nerve function) or myopathic (from lack of muscle function), depending on the source of the abnormality.[1] The condition is sometimes inherited (in an X-linked recessive or autosomal dominant manner) and may be caused by mutations in the FLNA gene;[2] it may also be acquired after certain illnesses.[1] The goal of treatment is to provide relief from symptoms and ensure that nutritional support is adequate.[1]
Last updated: 5/10/2011


  1. Intestinal Pseudoobstruction. NORD. December 31, 2010; Accessed 5/10/2011.
  2. Intestinal pseudo-obstruction. Genetics Home Reference. October 2010; Accessed 5/10/2011.
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