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What is the definition or description of: inflammation of the lining of the bowels?

What is the definition or description of: inflammation of the lining of the bowels?

Colitis: Colitis is inflammation of the large intestine. It can be from parasites, bacteria, or other causes. Clostridium difficile is a bacteria that cause mild to fatal symptoms. Diverticulitis is inflammation of pouches that can occur in the large intestine usually seen with age. It is usually provoked by seeds entering the pouch and not being able to exit. Flagyl is an antibiotic commonly used. ...Read more

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Bowel (Definition)

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


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What is the definition or description of: bowel?

What is the definition or description of: bowel?

Intestinal tract: The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine and the large intestine. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: small bowel?

What is the definition or description of: small bowel?

Small bowel: Small bowel refers to the small intestine. This is the portion of the intestine immediately after the stomach. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bowel obstruction?

What is the definition or description of: bowel obstruction?

"blocked pipes": The intestinal tract is one, long distensible pipe from the stomach to the anus consisting of 30-40 ft of small intestine (for nutrient absorption) and 5 ft of large intestine (for water absorption). Obstruction may occur at any point, causing upstream distention, cramping pain, vomiting, and obstipation (no gas or bm out the bottom). Rx may require surgery depending on the cause. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: short bowel syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: short bowel syndrome?

Insufficient bowel: Short bowel is the condition where too much intestine is removed resulting in insufficient ability to maintain nutrition. Conditions such as ischemia or crohn's disease can require large resections of bowel resulting in this condition. Often, patients require special medications to rehab their remaining bowel, peripheral nutrition, or even small bowel transplants. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bowel prep?

Cleansing: This is the flushing out of intestinal contents, usually before colonoscopy or colonic surgery. A solution which traverses the intestines without being absorbed is taken orally, causing a complete cleansing of solid stool from the colon. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: large bowel?

What is the definition or description of: large bowel?

Intestine: Large bowel, or large intestine connects terminal ileum of small bowel to rectum. Begins at the ileo-cecal valve and comprises cecum, ascendind, transverse, descending and sigmoid colon. Resposible for: 1) intestinal water resorption of ingested fluids, gastric & small intestinal digestive juices. 2) transporting end products of digestion & bacterial waste to rectum for elimination. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: small bowel biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: small bowel biopsy?

"look at tissue": This usually refers to biopsies obtained during endoscopy. The biopsies sample the mucosa or lining of the gastrointestinal tract. The pathologist then looks at the biopsies through the microscope and makes a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: small bowel lymphoma?

What is the definition or description of: small bowel lymphoma?

Lymphoma: This is simply lymphoma involving the small bowel. This can either be lymphoma that is only there or lymphoma that is elsewhere in the body and also involving the small bowel. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: small bowel obstruction?

What is the definition or description of: small bowel obstruction?

Small Bowel Obstruct: Small bowel obstruction (sbo) is, as the name states, blockage of the upper (small) intestine. It leads to crampy abdominal pain, nausea vomitting and often dehydration. Treatment may be supportive (fluids and bowel rest) or operative, depending on the cause and duration of the obtruction. ...Read more