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Can a person live without a colon

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
General Surgery 31 years experience
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 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Padmashri Rastogi
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Screening up to date: You should’ve been receiving colon cancer screening since age of 50 years. Did you have recent colonoscopy? If not, you should discuss it with your d... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General Surgery 33 years experience
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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General Surgery 33 years experience
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
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Happens off and on: Many people have had muscle spasms in their colons. It's the painful crampy feeling during strong bowel movements with diarrhea, use of laxatives duri... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Victor Bonuel
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Theoretically yes.: As well as dietary factors and stress. Take care!http://www.Home-remedies-for-you.Com/remedy/flatulence.Html.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Surgery, then...: The first line of treatment for colon cancer is surgical removal. Once removed, adjunctive therapies can include chemotherapy or radiation, plus close... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Like anyone else...: I have colon cancer. It has been successfully operated and removed. I didn't need chemo. Half of my colon is gone and I use the bathroom a bit more of... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Not likely.: It would not be likely to be able to feel the sigmoid colon, unless it were particularly distended with very hard stool, which would be rather unusual... Read More

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