- Check if your abdomen is very tender
- If they can hear abnormalities within your bowels
It is possible that your physician will recommend more tests in order to confirm your diagnosis. These tests may include:
Toxic megacolon treatment
If your doctor has confirmed that you have a toxic megacolon, toxic megacolon treatment usually involves surgery.
After hospitalization, fluids will be given to you so you do not undergo shock. Shock is a condition that happens when the insides of your body become infected. When this happens, your blood pressure decreases dramatically in a short amount of time, becoming a life-threatening condition.
Once the fluids stabilize your blood pressure, you will undergo surgery that serves as your toxic megacolon treatment. Surgeons will treat any tears in the colon. This is so that the bacteria that are present inside the colon does not spread to the rest of your system.
Should your surgeon find that your colon does not have a tear, tissues that are present in the colon can still be damaged and may need removal. In some cases, depending on the damage to your colon, you may even require a colectomy, or removal of your colon.
You will be given antibiotics for the procedure, in order to prevent sepsis, which is a serious infection that causes a life threatening reaction in your body.
Untreated IBD may cause toxic megacolon. It is important for you to consult with your physician, as having a toxic megacolon is potentially life-threatening.
To help you mitigate the symptoms of IBD, you may need to include changes to your lifestyle, as well as maintenance medications. This helps you void infections, and minimizes the chances that you will develop a toxic megacolon.
Learn more about Inflammatory Bowel Disease here.