il·e·us/ˈilēəs/: a painful obstruction of the ileum or other part of the intestine.


Oh, the ileus…what the heck is an ileus? Well to understand an ileus, we need to understand what and where the ileum is.  If you look at the picture below, you can see that the ileum is the connection point where the small intestine connects with the large intestine.

Sometimes there is a circumstance that causes an obstruction or blockage in the ileum or small intestine. Where there is a blockage in the ilium or another part of the small intestines, this is called an ileus. These blockages can become painful to a patient or indicate that there are further problems. Checking for an ileus is something that doctors keep a close eye on.  Especially after a surgery where it was necessary to give the patient anesthesia.  An ileus can be an indication that the intestines have not woken up after a patient being on anesthesia.  This can lead to a buildup, and then nothing can get through – no food, liquids or gas.

Our court reporters have taken medical malpractice cases having to do with the ileum.  Medical malpractice can occur when a bowel obstruction is not properly diagnosed, or sometimes it’s missed and it isn’t diagnosed at all.  After some surgeries, an ileus can even be caused by a surgeon during a surgery or procedure. For years, our court reporters have taken many depositions in this area of medical malpractice at popular Cleveland-area hospitals such as the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.

Here is a link if you’re wondering if your bowel obstruction is due to medical malpractice.

If you are a court reporter who is just starting out or an experienced court reporter who is always looking to improve their briefs or skills, we’ve got you covered.  Below is the brief for ileus and a link for more briefs compiled by our court reporters here at Cady Reporting for the some of the more common medical terms.  For a full list of medical briefs in this blog series, click the link at the bottom.


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