Management of intestinal obstruction in hospice care.

  title={Management of intestinal obstruction in hospice care.},
  author={Steven J Baumrucker},
  journal={The American journal of hospice & palliative care},
  volume={15 4},
Bowel obstruction in the terminally ill is a relatively common complication. The classic therapy of i.v. hydration with nasogastric suction is contraindicated due to inefficacy and patient discomfort. Modern therapy consists of state-of-the-art pharmacologic treatments, as well as the judicious use of surgical interventions in selected cases. Many patients can be relatively symptom-free and can eat and drink as tolerated.