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How quickly does swallowing air enter the small intestine? Large intestine?

How quickly does swallowing air enter the small intestine? Large intestine?

Estimate: Within a few minutes as long as no obstruction to outlet of stomach.Large intestin would probably take several hours. In a newborn who is born with airless abdomen it takes usually up to 12 hours for air to get through entire small bowel and 24 hours for entire large bowel. ...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 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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Does diarrhea occur in your small or/and large intestine?

Does diarrhea occur in your small or/and large intestine?

Sites of diarrhea: Both! doctors often distinguish causes of diarrhea as "secretory" or "osmotic", into which categories may fit inflammatory, ischemic, infectious, functional, malabsorption/maldigestion. Any of these problems can be primarily small or large intestinal. A healthy, normally-motile colon can absorb up to a gallon of fluid a day, and a healthy, normally-motile small intestine can absorb twice that. ...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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Which foods absorb stomach gas?

Which foods absorb stomach gas?

None: No foods absorb stomach gas, it might be a problem of swallowed air when eating. We all swallow air when we eat. Intestinal gas is a different story, sometimes, excess sugars in our diet and undigested foods go to the bacteria in the colon where gas is produced. Paying attention to diet cauliflower, broccoli and brussel sprouts can produce gas. ...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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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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How can bile reach the small intestine?

Common bile duct: Bile is made in the liver and is a by-product of liver metabolism (generally broken down red blood cells cleared from the blood stream). The bile collects in the biliary system of the liver and flows to the larger bile ducts - one for the left and right lobes of the liver. These join as the common bile duct which exits the liver. The duct joins the pancreatic duct and flows into the duodenum. ...Read more

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What foods does pepsin breakdown in the small intestine?

What foods does pepsin breakdown in the small intestine?

None: Pepsin, the powerful enzyme in gastric juice that digests proteins such as those in meat, eggs, seeds, or dairy products in the stomach. Once in the small intestine, the ph is higher rendering pepsin inactive in further digestion of proteins. Absorption of proteins occurs primarily in the small intestine. ...Read more

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Dose domperidone help with large intestine motility?

Dose domperidone help with large intestine motility?

Might: Domperidone is a motility agent and anti- nausea medicine. It's usually used for gastroparesis and slow small intestine transit times. It may help with large intestine motility but not sure. ...Read more

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Can excess stool in the colon cause general intestinal "rumbling"? Can excess stool in the colon cause backup into the small intestine? What exams?

Associated problems: "Excess stool in the coloin" implies a motility disorder of the colon. A motility problem can involve multiple organs in the GI tract. Stool does not generally back up from the colon into the small intestine, other than during episodes of colon obstruction. ...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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Can biliary reflux from the small intestine into the stomach cause slightly elevated liver enzymes?

Can biliary reflux from the small intestine into the stomach cause slightly elevated liver enzymes?

No, get checked: Your transaminitis (elevated liver enzymes) indicates, albeit non-specifically, a sick liver. Whether this is transient (related to medication, alcohol ingestion, a passed gallstone, etc.), or is indeed of concern (e.g. Hepatitis of any cause, fatty liver secondary to diabetes, etc.) you deserve evaluation or at least a lab recheck to assess trends or resolution. ...Read more

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What enzymes are released by the pancreas into small intestine?

What enzymes are released by the pancreas into small intestine?

Pancreatic enzymes: Broadly, "pancreatic juice" contains many enzymes, including trypsinogen, chymotrypsinogen, elastase, carboxypeptidase, pancreatic lipase, nucleases & amylase. ...Read more

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Which digestive organ releases enzymes to help break down starches, proteins and fats in the small intestines?

Which digestive organ releases enzymes to help break down starches, proteins and fats in the small intestines?

Pancreas: the pancreas is the organ that releases the enzymes to help breakdown starches, proteins and fats in the small intestines. ...Read more

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Does the stomach distend with inflamed intestines?

Yes: The abdomen commonly distends with intestinal inflammation. But not all distinction represents underlying inflammation. ...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