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what is the shortest possible transit time for food to pass completely through the digestive system

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
In a normal person: without any prior surgeries or GI diseases, about 60 90 minutes from the mouth thru the small intestine to reach the colon and then another 24-36 hour ... Read More

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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
"Cure" for diarrhea: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Boardman
24 years experience General Surgery
Parts of GI system: The GI system start with the mouth and teeth. This is where digestion begins. The food is the swallowed and taken to the stomach via the esophagus. In ... Read More
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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Peristalsis: Rhythmic wavelike squeezing and relaxiation from the mouth to the anus
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Rogers
43 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Food route: chew in mouth, stomach mixes and meters out into duodenum and then into small intestine for absorption. The residual makes it into the right part of ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Variable: Amount of time between eating food and processing entirely to defecation varies between people a lot. It takes 6-8 hours for food to through stomach a ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
27 years experience Psychiatry
peristalsis: Peristaltic movements move the food in process throughout intestine. They are a normal phenomenon with certain characteristics.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Varies: In a good state of health most babies will have a transit time from 3-5 days. If constipated, it can be longer, if diarrhea it could be less than an h ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nadia Ghattas
47 years experience Pediatrics
Chronic diarrhea : 4 year old with chronic diarrhea, is he gaining any weight or grawing? Any workup done? This could be a malabsorption disrsese, a gastroentrologis ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Sausage: Expect resolution in a day so. Even objects like pins usually pass through gi tract without incident.
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