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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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Long story short, i need a colonoscopy and i heard that colon cleanses can cause your bowel to perforate. Is that true?

Long story short, i need a colonoscopy and i heard that colon cleanses can cause your bowel to perforate. Is that true?

Colon Cleanses: Can be dangerous but the preps used for colonoscopies are safe and very low risk when used as instructed by your endoscopist. Otc colon cleanses are a hype and taking advantage of gullible patients and pose potential of damage to the cells lining your colon. Best way to keep colon clear is to eat a healthy high fiber doet, drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine/alcohol free fluid daily and save your mone. ...Read more

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What could cause my bowel to perforate if it was not diverticulitis. The cat scan was unclear as to why i formed a large 12 CM abcess ?

What could cause my bowel to perforate  if it was not diverticulitis. The cat scan was unclear as to  why i formed a large 12 CM abcess ?

Diverticulitis: The most common cause is diverticulitis, but if there is a large amount of inflammation, it may not be easy to make the diagnosis. Tumors of the colon can also perforate. Usually you will be treated either with antibiotics and have repeat evaluation, or you will be a candidate for a temporary colostomy to allow things to heal. At that time, a definitive diagnosis can be made. ...Read more

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What are some causes for free-air in an abdomen other than a perforated bowel?

What are some causes for free-air in an abdomen other than a perforated bowel?

Recent surgery: usually perforated bowel. however if the patient had a recent surgery or abdominal procedure, there can be free air in the abdomen for a few days. ...Read more

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Can i take a rectal temp 20 min after giving toddler a suppository if it didn't work? Could that cause bowel perforation?

Can i take a rectal temp 20 min after giving  toddler a suppository if it didn't work? Could that cause bowel perforation?

No: I assume your toddler took some suppository for fever. It would not effect so quickly so i will give another 20 minutes before i take the temp/onset of action 30min to 4 hr/. It won't cause any perforation if you use it properly. ...Read more

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Can a perforated bowel reseal itself?

Can a perforated bowel reseal itself?

Maybe...: If the perforation is small, the intestine will close with time, antibiotics, bowel rest and conservative non-surgical management. Hospitalization and close observation is usually required. Good luck! ...Read more

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How does a perforated bowel lead to ards?

SIRS: Sirs results from the perforated bowel. The addition of the bacteria from the bowel spilling into the abdomen greatly increases the bodys response to this critical condition. This increase in immune function can push a patient into ards. ...Read more

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How much time can you live with perforated bowel with no treatment?

How much time can you live with perforated bowel with no treatment?

Not too long: Perforated bowel is a surgical emergency and without treatment results invariably in sepsis and death. ...Read more

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Bowel Perforation (Definition)

Gastrointestinal perforation is a hole that develops through the entire wall of the stomach, small intestine, large bowel, or gallbladder. This condition ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

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