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Adhesions, General and After Surgery (cont.)

Adhesions Diagnosis

Doctors typically diagnose adhesions during a surgical procedure such as laparoscopy (putting a camera through a small hole into the stomach to visualize the organs). If they find adhesions, doctors usually can release them during the same surgery.

Studies such as blood tests, X-rays, and CT scans may be useful to determine the extent of an adhesion-related problem. A diagnosis of adhesions usually is made only during surgery. A physician, for example, can diagnose small bowel obstruction but cannot determine if adhesions are the cause without surgery.

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