Pyloric Obstruction

The pyloric obstruction may impair the process of emptying of gastric contents into the small intestine. Thus an individual suffering from a pyloric obstruction will be vomiting as all the ingested food and other gastric secretions are unable to pass to the duodenum due to the pyloric obstruction.

An analysis of the vomited material does not contain any bile and this indicates the presence of pyloric obstruction that is preventing the contents of the small intestine from entering the stomach. Thus the individual may be suffering from hypochloremia which retards the kidney function. The affected kidneys will be unable to excrete bicarbonate and this prevents the correction of alkalosis.

The other complications associated with pyloric obstruction include dehydration and a consequent imbalance in the body electrolytes. When there is pyloric stenosis is detected in babies the first step would be to stabilize the condition by providing intravenous fluids for the first 24 to 48 hours. The surgical method that is involved in the treatment of pyloric obstruction is known as pyloromyotomy and it is performed by laparoscopic methods.

In this method the surgeon will make a single incision and divides the muscles affected by pyloric stenosis and open up the gastric outlet. When this condition occurs in children, it will not have any long term effects.

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