If known, what was the cause of your abdominal adhesions?
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What causes abdominal adhesions?
Abdominal surgery is the most frequent cause of abdominal adhesions. Almost everyone who undergoes abdominal surgery develops adhesions; however, the risk is greater after operations on the lower abdomen and pelvis, including bowel and gynecological surgeries. Adhesions can become larger and tighter as time passes, causing problems years after surgery.
Surgery-induced causes of abdominal adhesions include
tissue incisions, especially those involving internal organs
the handling of internal organs
the drying out of internal organs and tissues
contact of internal tissues with foreign materials, such as gauze, surgical gloves, and stitches
blood or blood clots that were not rinsed out during surgery
A less common cause of abdominal adhesions is inflammation from sources not related to surgery, including
appendicitis - in particular, appendix rupture
radiation treatment for cancer
Rarely, abdominal adhesions form without apparent cause.