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Doctor insights on: Colon Vs Intestine

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Dr. Mary Maluccio Dr. Maluccio
Surgery - Oncology
23 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Why intestine is longer than colon?

Why intestine is longer than colon?

Absorption: The primary purpose of the small intestine is to digest and absorb nutrition. The primary purpose of the colon is to absorb water. Problems with transit time through the small intestine (ie not enought length or too rapid a transit time) can cause malabsorption syndromes because the intestine does not have enough length or time to absorb all the nutrition coming down the pike.

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


Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Are the colon and the intestines the same thing?

Are the colon and the intestines the same thing?

Part of them: Intestines is the generic term for the digestive tract from stomach to the end of the colon. The colon is the lower portion of the tract and is used to absorb moisture, manufacture certain vitamins and absorb a few important nutrients. It also stores and allows for proper elimination of non-digestible foods.

Dr. Eric Burdge Dr. Burdge
Breast Surgery
19 years in practice
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
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How to determine when your colon/intestines are clean?

How to determine when your colon/intestines are clean?

Bowel Purge: The absence of solid fecal matter as well as light yellow or clear liquid output from the bowels would suggest clean or cleared intestines. Many agents are used to purge the bowel prior to colonoscopy and the endoscopist looks for the aforementioned to determine the quality of the bowel preparation. Bear in mind that by definition, the bowel is not “clean” as it is full of normal bacterial flora.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How is one to know if their intestines/colon are clean?

How is one to know if their intestines/colon are clean?

They never are: They is no medical reason to colon cleanse. It is medically unsound and potentially dangerous. The colon is never clean. Fecal material is 75% bacteria.

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Tracy Berg Dr. Berg
Surgery
28 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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If there is something external to the colon compressing the left intestine;s wall, what could that be?

If there is something external to the colon compressing the left intestine;s wall, what could that be?

Left side organs: Your stomach, spleen, a kidney, bladder, gyn organs, and a bunch of small bowel are normally on the left side of your abdomen. A ct scan would show a mass. If you have a mass, it could be abcess, tumor, or benign and additional tests would be needed.

Dr. Jeffrey Pollard Dr. Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
17 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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I am unable to use my colon properly so my intestines are backing up is that a possibility of my back hurting?

I am unable to use my colon properly so my intestines are backing up is that a possibility of my back hurting?

Could be: Could be referred pain if you are truly impacted. If that is the case, you should seek care from your pcp or a gastroenterologist. Many other causes for back pain do exist, so they would also have to be entertained (musculoskeletal, kidneys, nerves, spine, etc.).

Dr. Matthew Thom Dr. Thom
Urology
11 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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Is there any link between colon or intestine problems and prostatitis in young men?

Is there any link between colon or intestine problems and prostatitis in young men?

Maybe: Some cases of prostatitis may be due to an inflammatory, non-bacterial process resulting in chronic pain. These symptoms may also be seen in individuals with inflammatory bowel disease, peri-rectal disease or proctitis.

Dr. Phillip Goebel Dr. Goebel
Emergency Medicine
12 years in practice
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
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Colon confusion. Is the colon the large intestines? If the large intestines is removed, does that mean there's no longer a colon?

Colon confusion. Is the colon the large intestines? If the large intestines is removed, does that mean there's no longer a colon?

Equivalent: The colon is the large intestine. If all of your colon was removed, you no longer have a large intestine and vice versa.

Dr. Joseph Shen Dr. Shen
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
27 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Which foods are good for small intestine and colon?

Which foods are good for small intestine and colon?

High fiber: High fiber low fat. Fruits and vegetables...Low gluten contents...

Dr. Colin Kerr Dr. Kerr
Family Medicine
40 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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Colon biopsy question. How often does the biopsy cause a hole in your intestine?

Colon perforation: The most feared complication of a colonoscopy or colon biopsy is the risk of perforation--inadvertently cutting through the entire thickness of the bowel wall. This complication used to occur in about 1 in 1000 persons undergoing the procedure. With improved techniques and instruments, the risk is now about 1 in 5000.

Dr. Gerardo Guerra Bonilla Dr. Guerra Bonilla
Family Medicine
8 years in practice
University of Monterrey Faculty of Medicine
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What can cause sudden on and off sharp pain in the rectum or colon/intestine region. It lasts 2 seconds and happens randomly throughout the day?

What can cause sudden on and off sharp pain in the rectum or colon/intestine region. It lasts 2 seconds and happens randomly throughout the day?

Proctalgia fugax: A functional anorectal disorder characterized by severe, intermittent episodes of rectal pain that are self-limited. Attacks of severe anorectal pain may last from a few seconds to minutes. The attacks are usually infrequent; may be precipitated by sexual intercourse, stress, sitting, defecation, or menstruation, in many cases there is no obvious trigger. Most patients do not need any treatment.

Dr. Vinod Shidham Dr. Shidham
Pathology
years in practice
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Is the large intestine the colon or something else?

Is the large intestine the colon or something else?

Yes, it is colon & -: Large intestine includes- cecum, colon (ascending, transverse, descending), and rectum.

Dr. Sean O Donovan Dr. O Donovan
Surgery - Colorectal
30 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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Is the colon the large intestine or the whole one?

Colon = large intest: The colon is the last 5 feet or so of your intestines, from the rectum to the cecum, and it has altogether different functions, appearance and use than the rest of your intestines.

Dr. Denny Rodenberg Dr. Rodenberg
Surgery
27 years in practice
Oral Roberts University School of Medicine
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Dr. Diane Minich Dr. Minich
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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Dr. Frank Kuitems Dr. Kuitems
Internal Medicine
35 years in practice
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Will an enterography test show transist time of the large intestine and colon?

Will an enterography test show transist time of the large intestine and colon?

Well: Will usually not. Usually motility time is check by nuclear medicine scan or an x-ray where you swallow tablets that are x-rayed to time how long they take to through your GI tract

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


Dr. Lynne Weixel
12 Doctors shared insights

Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more