Adhesions are scar tissue that forms between two structures or
organs inside the body that are not normally connected to each other. This
tissue may bond to nearby surfaces because of inflammation, surgery, or trauma.
For example, scar tissue can develop on the abdominal organs after
any abdominal surgery or as a result of inflammation or infection in the
abdominal area. Abdominal adhesions can cause pain, blockage, or other
problems, depending on where they are located.
If adhesions cause pain and other problems, surgery may be needed
to cut the scar tissue and separate the structures or organs, although
adhesions may recur after this surgery.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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