what is a stricture?

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   Posted 2/18/2009 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Would you please tell me what a stricture is?  I am a gastric bypass patient and at best I take in 800 to 1000 calories per day and am having issues with vomiting and my crohns very active (8 to 10 bm's per day)....
what is next for me?  I am not typical because I am not losing weight at all... lost 100 lbs after my surgery (Feb 08) and have about another 80 to 100 to go.
confused and desperately looking for answers
ontario canada
I am a 45 year old Canadian, living in Northern Ontario. Just recently diagnosed with Crohn's and Colitis Nov '07 ... Had a Gastric Bypass Surgery in Feb '08

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   Posted 2/18/2009 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Lori,

I usually leave the answers to the pros here, but since you're a fellow Ontarian, I will try to give you some info. 

A stricture is a narrowing of the intestine. It can be caused by inflammation or scar tissue from repeated inflammation and healing of the tissue lining of the intestinal wall. Inflammation is preferable, as it will respond to medication and can be cleared up. Scarring on the other hand is permanant. If the narrowing gets to point where you start to get a blockage, complications can start to manifest themselves.

I don't want to go into too much detail about this, as I still have alot to learn about strictures as well. I'm sure you'll get some other responses from people that have direct experience. You should likely see a Gastroenterologist for an exam, and some diagnostic testing.


My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Initially, 9 weeks of Prednisone, currently taking 2000mgs of Pentasa.

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   Posted 2/19/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm not an expert either, but Tom seems to be right on. I began having a feeling of blockage just under my rib cage. It felt like there was no place for the food to go and I'd throw up. But, I still had bm's. This was an on and off again thing until I was fishing in ONTARIO (nice connection!). I threw up every day. When I got back to the states I had a colonoscopy which confirmed that I had some scarring causing a stricture. The Doc put me on prednisone. Luckily, the partial blockage was caused by inflammation at the point of the scarring. The inflammation finally went away. I'm now on Imuran (9 months) and am doing fine. Knock on wood.

See a good GI and ask about getting scoped.

I'll be back in Ontario in June, hoping things work out for you.

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