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What are Bowel Loops? Small Bowel Loops, Large Bowel Loops, etc

What are Bowel Loops?  Small Bowel Loops, Large Bowel Loops,  etc

Folds of the bowels: Your body has about 20 feet of small intestine (small bowel) and 5 feet of large intestine (large bowel). The intestines are folded and form loops to fit into the abdomen. Large bowel loop refers to the folds of the large intestine and small bowel loops refers to the folds of small intestine. This reference is usually made during xray or CT imaging done. ...Read more

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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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How to differentiat small bowel obstruction from large bowel obstruction? Medical

How to differentiat small bowel obstruction from large bowel obstruction? Medical

Difficult: Without a physical exam and full medical history. Usually a small bowel obstruction will not occur unless there is scar tissue from a past abdominal surgery. Small bowel obstruction can have abdominal pain with frequent vomiting. Large bowel obstruction is less common & can be from cancer or diverticulitis. Lack of bowel movement with colon obstruction. True bowel obstruction can be very serious. ...Read more

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Could impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools?

Could impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools?

Not likely: From the standpoint of the medical profession, black stools -called melena - are always assumed to be blood. Usually representing bleeding from stomach or "higher up" within the intestines. Colon bleeding usually is red. Unfortunately, bismouth containing medications can also cause black stool, but even with that type of product, one cannot be sure there is not bleeding also. Needs evaluation. ...Read more

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Large intestinal cancer. Is that colon cancer?

Large intestinal cancer. Is that colon cancer?

Yes: The large intestine and the colon are words to describe the same anatomic structure in the abdomen. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis and tropical sprue sometimes occur Together.Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and inflammation in small intestine due to e.coli?

Can ulcerative colitis and tropical sprue sometimes occur Together.Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and inflammation in small intestine due to e.coli?

Depends: Ulcerative colitis can affect the terminal ileum and if that is the only part of small intestine affected, there is no need to invoke a second disease. This should best be discussed with your doctor who has more information about your health. ...Read more

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Where does pepto dismal work to stop diarrhea - stomach or small intestine or large intestine or colon?

Where does pepto dismal work to stop diarrhea - stomach or small intestine or large intestine or colon?

Gi tract in general: Not one specific site. It has effects throughout the gut. See the link for more info. http://www.drugs.com/mmx/bismuth-subsalicylate.html ...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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Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

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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What is the difference between small bowel obstruction and large bowel obstruction?

What is the difference between small bowel obstruction and large bowel obstruction?

SIMPLE: Same mechanism just different part of the bowel being affected. Either the small or large bowel. ...Read more

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Have chronic constipation, bloated, thin stools and severe gut pain...ER found no evidence of gallstones. Crohns? Bowel obstruction?

Have chronic constipation, bloated, thin stools and severe gut pain...ER found no evidence of gallstones. Crohns? Bowel obstruction?

See gastroenterologi: You will need a colonoscopy to make sure you are not obstructed and rule out colitis. Possibilities include spastic colon, obstructive process or inflammatory process. Later usually causes diarrhea. Try increasing fiber and fluid plus osmotic agent like polyethyline glycol (Miralax). If those do not work, try Amitiza (lubiprostone) or Linzess ...Read more

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Long thin diarrhea, undigested food in stool, gallstones, sign of gallbladder cancer?

Long thin diarrhea, undigested food in stool, gallstones, sign of gallbladder cancer?

Unlikely: Gall bladder cancer is uncommon. Please consult this site for information. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gallbladder-cancer/basics/definition/con-20023909 ...Read more

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Does IBS lead to ibd (crohn's or ulcerative colitis)?

Does IBS lead to ibd (crohn's or ulcerative colitis)?

No: Ibs is a functional bowel disorder characterized by bowel hyperactivity and hypersensitivity, while ibd is a structural bowel disorder characterized by inflammation and ulceration. They are unrelated. ...Read more

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Docs, could a large colon polyp mean colon cancer?

Docs, could a large colon polyp mean colon cancer?

Not really: Not really the size of the polyp does not determined if it is cancer or not of course large polyp can do more damage and depend on location can cause obstruction and bleeding the histology of the polyp determined if it is malignant or pre malignant. ...Read more

Large Bowel (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Large Intestine (Definition)

The large intestine, colon, or large bowel is the last 5-6 feet of the GI tract. The colon functions to recover the last amount of water from food and to store solid waste. See healthtap ...Read more