What causes dead bowel syndrome?

This question was asked in Concord, Tennessee on 02/15/2012.
I have been diagnosed with this dead bowel syndrome condition and told I need surgery to remove the lower intestine (or part of it?). Is there an alternative treatment? What is the treatment?

Doctors Answers (1)

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 2/16/2012

If you have true "dead bowel syndrome" which is infarcted bowel, there is no other treatment besides surgery. This should be discussed with your doctor.