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what is it called when a portion of the intestine is removed?

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Dr. Clive Segil
Orthopedic Surgery 58 years experience
Partial colectomy: If its large intestine.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what happens if your intestine is removed?

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Dr. Richard Mangus
Transplant Surgery 22 years experience
Usually some left: Usually, only a portion of the intestine is removed when it is necessary. This means that the remaining intestine will compensate. If too much is removed, the patient may develop frequent loose stools and dehydration. Some patients require IV fluids or nutrition into the vein to stay alive. There are certain patients who qualify for intestine transplant which allows them to eat and drink again.

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