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"Bowel sounds" - Hospitals Glossary Terms and Abbreviations

The gurgling, rumbling, or growling noises from the abdomen caused by the muscular contractions of peristalsis (the process of movement of the contents of the stomach and intestines downward). Bowel sounds are normal. Their absence can indicate ileus such as that which is seen temporarily after abdominal surgery. Increased bowel sounds may indicate a bowel obstruction.

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