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Doctor insights on: Abnormal Digestion In Small Intestine

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Can you tell me process of digestion of food in small intestine in human beings ?

Can you tell me process of digestion of food in small intestine in human beings ?

Not in400 characters: There are entire text books written about this topic, some of which are thousands of pages in length. Essentially, the body mechanically breaks food down, then uses chemical reactions and enzymes to absorb the nutrients, and then excretes the waste products in the stool. The detail involves how it does that with each different type of nutrient. Fascinating field! ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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To Keep The Body Healthy, How Does The Small Intestine Work With Other Systems of digestion? Please give at least 3 examples ...

To Keep The Body Healthy, How Does The Small Intestine Work With Other Systems  of digestion?
Please give at least 3 examples ...

Protiens, Fat, Carbs: Your small intestine begins at your duodenum and this is where your body actually digests your foods. Enzymes from your liver and pancreas break food down into its basic particles. Meats/proteins to amino acids, sugars to carbohydrates and fats to fatty acids. The rest of your small bowel has miles of small bowel to digest. ...Read more

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I'm not sure what my tests mean. Abnormal changes in both ovaries and endometrium And Rotation of small intestine. I will attach CT Results ?

I'm not sure what my tests mean. Abnormal changes in both ovaries and endometrium
And Rotation of small intestine. I will attach CT Results ?

CT results: You submitted this entry into the Health Tap medical education site. We can not see your CT scan. Suggest you try Health Tap Concierge for the diagnostics you are requesting. ...Read more

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19 yr old, got diagnosed with UTI & digestion problem in my small intestine. But there is a slight swelling where stomach is.what does this mean?

19 yr old, got diagnosed with UTI & digestion problem in my small intestine.  But there is a slight swelling where stomach is.what does this mean?

Small intestine: The anatomy of your small intestine is that is loops around your the lower part of your stomach - digestion problems often result in increased intestinal gas - perceived externally as "swelling" in the abdomen. It's temporary. ...Read more

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How long is the small intestine?

How long is the small intestine?

Varies: 20-30 feet in adults. As a pathologist, i've often wondered why the variability; no one knows. ...Read more

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Where is the small intestine located?

Where is the small intestine located?

Abdomen: The approximately 20 feet of small intestine is coiled up in your abdomen (belly). It starts at the end of your stomach (the actual organ is not the same as your abdomen) and ends where it joins the colon. ...Read more

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Which test looks at the small intestine?

Which test looks at the small intestine?

Several tests: Several tests examine the intestine: endoscopy, exploratory surgery, ct scan, x-ray, gastrograffin enema, ultrasound. Each test is used based upon the clinical presentation and indication. The least invasive and least expensive are x-ray and ultrasound. They also provide the least information. Ct scan provides a lot of info, but requires more radiation. Endoscopy and surgery have more risks. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: small intestine?

Part of bowel: The small intestine is the intestinal tract that lies between the stomach and the colon. It is involved in digesting and absorbing most of the nutrients we need for our daily functioning. ...Read more

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How does orlistat damage small intestine?

How does orlistat damage small intestine?

It doesn't: Orlistat doesn't damage small intestines. All it does is to block lipase, the enzymes that degrades fats in the duodenum causing fatty diarrhea eventually leading to weight loss due to fat malabsorption. ...Read more

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What does a kink in your small intestine mean?

Nothing: Unless you are having symptoms of bowel obstruction. Usually the kink is due to prior abdominal surgery and adhesions. The obstruction can be partial, intermittent or complete, the latter usually requiring surgical correction and the former two usual respond to bowel rest in the hospital for 1-3 days. ...Read more

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How are cysts found in the small intestine treated?

How are cysts found in the small intestine treated?

Cysts in the: small intestine are uncommon. Enteric duplication cysts, which are congenital anomalies, can occur anywhere along the GI tract. Usually these are asymptomatic, incidental findings on imaging studies and require no treatment. If they cause problems due to obstruction they can be surgically removed. ...Read more

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Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

Only rarely: Inflammation can cause bleeding, blockage or can allow a hole with a leak to occur. This is almost always in the large intestine. It can cause a big abscess reaction and the reaction of the body to wall this off might trap the small intestine and kink or block it. ...Read more

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Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

Rarely: If there is enough inflammation or infection from diverticulitis, then rarely the small intestine can become attached to the colon and secondarily become inflamed or kinked in the reaction. I have seen this occur on rare occaision. So typically a small bowel obstruction would not occur in diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Does a colonoscopy check the small intestine as well?

Not usually: The colonoscope can reach the last part of the small bowel but only for a few inches. ...Read more

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Small Intestine (Definition)

The small intestine is the intestinal tract that lies between the stomach and the colon. It is involved in digesting and absorbing most of the nutrients we need ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more