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Doctor insights on: Diagram Of Colon And Intestines

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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.). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

Colon confusion. Is the colon the large intestines? If the large intestines is removed, does that mean theres 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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. Bernard Seif
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Colonic (Definition)

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