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What are consequences if large intestine is removed?

What are consequences if large intestine is removed?

Diarrhea/dehydration: The large intestine has two primary functions: 1) storage of stool and 2) absorption of water. When food leaves the small intestine, it is liquid. By the time it leaves the large intestine, it is solid. Therefore, remove the large intestine and have frequent liquid stools. This condition can lead to dehydration. Some patients require medicines to slow intestine transit; some need IV fluids. ...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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What would happen if the large intestine is removed?

What would happen if the large intestine is removed?

Colostomy/illeostomy: Generally, if the colon needs to be removed for some reason, the surgeon will create a place on the abdominal wall where the intestines can drain. Depending on exactly how much is removed, it may either be a colostomy (from what's left of the colon) or an illeostomy (from the end of the small intestine). A bag is usually worn to catch the feces. ...Read more

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What can happen if the large intestine isn't functioning properly?

What can happen if the large intestine isn't functioning properly?

Colon dysfunction: The colon's primary function is absorption of water (mostly right colon) & storage of solid waste (mostly left colon). Continence of stool relies primarily on rectal tone & sensation. An inflammed colon or one that is too active may result in diarrhea, whereas a sluggish colon may contribute to constipation. Fecal incontinence reflects rectal/anal disturbance (see my earlier healthtap entries). ...Read more

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Can u palpate your large intestine?

Can u palpate your large intestine?

Sure, but...: ...Most of the time, your colon (large intestine) is not palpable. One may be able to determine some of its outline (particularly in the left lower quadrant) under circumstances when it is distended with air or stool, and the patient is relatively thin. If tenderness is present, please get to the doctor. ...Read more

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Could the large intestine be transplanted?

Yes, but not alone: The large intestine has been transplanted many times in the past, but only as part of a small intestine transplant. The large intestine has two jobs: hold stool and absorb fluid. For this reason, it is beneficial in intestine transplant patients to avoid diarrhea and dehydration. However, the risks of immune suppression medication don't warrant large intestine transplant by itself. ...Read more

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What does the large intestine do and how does it work with the small intestine?

What does the large intestine do and how does it work with the small intestine?

See below: The small intestine is the primary absorptive surface to allow nutrients to enter the blood stream for your nutrition. The colon or large intestine primarily absorbs water & stores waste until eliminated. ...Read more

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What is the medical condition where the large intestine is too long and becomes twisty?

What is the medical condition where the large intestine is too long and becomes twisty?

Sigmoid volvulus: Volvolous of sigmoid colon can occur in a redundant colon or otherwise, and it can be a medical emergency. ...Read more

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Can there be a medical condition where the large intestine is too long and becomes twisty?

Can there be a medical condition where the large intestine is too long and becomes twisty?

Volvulus: Volvulus happens when there is a redundancy to the bowel and it twists around the axis of its blood supply. This can cause obstruction and loss of blood flow to that segment of the bowel. The most common part of the intestine to have volvulus is the sigmoid colon; a part of the large intestine. ...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