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can a person live without a colon

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
30 years experience General Surgery
Yes: Colon refers to the large intestine. There are conditions that lead to removal of all of the large intestine. It alters ones bowel movements. But...Pe ... Read More

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Yes: The main function of the colon is the adsorption of fluid leaving the small intestine where nutrients are adsorbed. Patients with diseases of the bow ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
32 years experience General Surgery
Many reasons: Undiagnosed hypothyroidism, slow gut motility (squeezing) in general, or illnesses elsewhere in the GI tract can cause slow motility. Get your gallbl ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
32 years experience General Surgery
Extremely rare: This is quite uncommon, and usually only seen in people with an extensive family history of the disease, polyposis coli (a disease with thousands of p ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Many people have had to have the pancrease (pancrelipase) removed. This causes many health issues. First, there is diabetes due to this being the or ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Finkelstein
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Simple answer: NO!!
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joe Littlejohn
25 years experience Urology
Yes: Removal of the testicles is a form of treatment of advanced / metastatic prostate cancer, not commonly used these days. Patients without testicles wil ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Natarajan Raman
32 years experience Radiation Oncology
Yes: The human body can form glucose from other metabolites by the process of gluconeogenesis from fats and proteins. This is possible for a short period ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
14 years experience Pediatric Urology
For the most part: People without a spleen can lead a normal life. Be sure you are vaccinated against these bacteria: streptococcus pneumoniae, neisseria meningitidi ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Depends: On the stage at diagnosis and what treatment has been received as wellas comorbid conditions. Early diagnosis is key to survival.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Uvula: Yes. If it cut too short and into the soft palate, mat have nasal regurgitation when eating or cleft palate type speech disorder
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Need more info.: How soon after the surgery did the bowel obstruction occur? Is it a large- or small bowel obstruction? Do the doctors believe the obstruction is due ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
If you have a : Ruptured spleen, successful non-operative treatment would depend on extent and location of the injury and on your age and co-morbid conditions. If yo ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brittany Chan
9 years experience Pediatrics
No.: The liver is a power house. Other functions include: it stores carbs, helps regulate blood sugar, amino acids, carbohydrates, and fats; metabolizes m ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
30 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
No: Unless they are on dialysis.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Miller
40 years experience Pathology
Highly variable: "brain tumor" covers many kinds of tumor, some fully benign and very slow-growing, and some highly malignant and rapidly growing. If one has a highly ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience Endocrinology
Hours to days: A very short time. Don't leave home without it!
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Layman
19 years experience Transplant Surgery
Depends: It depends on how severe the cirrhosis is. Some people never need a transplant and they live many years. Others will die within days if they don't h ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Lizarraga
15 years experience Internal Medicine
Normal life spans: ...Are common with some cancers. Other cancers are quite devastating and might result in death in days. It really depends largely on the type of cance ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Are you speaking of: ...something mistakenly or intentionally ingested, an inserted feeding tube, a surgically-placed appliance, suture material...? Help us understand yo ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
20 years experience Radiation Oncology
Not sure.: It really depends on what type of brain cancer it is (glioblastoma, low-grade glioma, or spread of some other type of cancer to the brain). Without k ... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Get checked.: If a person has a lung nodule and a history of smoking 30 years ago, it should at least be checked out by a doctor and preferably aspirated for cells, ... Read More
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