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Congestion of the Bowels

Congestion of the Bowels

Posted: 8 Feb 2012 9:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 10 Mar 2012 3:45PM GMT
Could someone tell me what congestion of the bowels means as a cause of death?

Thanks!

Re: Congestion of the Bowels

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 7:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Feb 2012 7:48PM GMT
here's a good link, although it doesn't give a true defintion of what this is ... sorry.
http://www.antiquusmorbus.com/English/EnglishC.htm

Re: Congestion of the Bowels

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 11:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
There is absolutely no way of being sure of what this diagnosis really was, particularly if it was 19th century or early 20th century. Diagnosis was very primitive and many diseases had not even been defined. Obviously the person had some problem with the bowels but what was causing it is anyone's guess. With old diagnoses it is best just to accept a general definition and that that could have been a, b or c.

Re: Congestion of the Bowels

Posted: 15 Apr 2012 1:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
Constipation

Re: Congestion of the Bowels

Posted: 23 May 2012 2:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
Bowel obstruction????

Re: Congestion of the Bowels

Posted: 29 Aug 2012 10:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
It would most likely be bowel obstruction (i am an ICU nurse and that is the closest thing I can think of). It is a stoppage in the bowel, the bowels can basically overinflate with stool and burst, which then causes sepsis (a blood infection of 'blood poisoning') and the patient would die.

Re: Congestion of the Bowels

Posted: 7 Sep 2012 1:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
Good information, thanks!! Do you happen to know what would cause this? My research subject was poor and died in 1886 at the age of 42.

Re: Congestion of the Bowels

Posted: 7 Sep 2012 3:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
Constipation would be the cause of a bowel obstruction...

Re: Congestion of the Bowels

Posted: 7 Nov 2013 11:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
I just ran across a death certificate that was handwritten with Depthenid as far as I could tell and said it was caused by congestion of the bowels. I tried looking it up with no luck. Maybe I'm spelling it wrong?

Re: Congestion of the Bowels

Posted: 8 Nov 2013 3:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
It might help if you could scan in the original as sometimes looking at other letters gives clues. You do not say where you are or where the certificate was issued - it is a completely way-out suggestion but could it be Diphtheria AND Congestion of the bowels - not "caused by"?
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