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How does orlistat damage small intestine?

How does orlistat damage small intestine?

It doesn't: Orlistat doesn't damage small intestines. All it does is to block lipase, the enzymes that degrades fats in the duodenum causing fatty diarrhea eventually leading to weight loss due to fat malabsorption. ...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 long is the small intestine?

How long is the small intestine?

Varies: 20-30 feet in adults. As a pathologist, i've often wondered why the variability; no one knows. ...Read more

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Where is the small intestine located?

Where is the small intestine located?

Abdomen: The approximately 20 feet of small intestine is coiled up in your abdomen (belly). It starts at the end of your stomach (the actual organ is not the same as your abdomen) and ends where it joins the colon. ...Read more

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Which test looks at the small intestine?

Which test looks at the small intestine?

Several tests: Several tests examine the intestine: endoscopy, exploratory surgery, ct scan, x-ray, gastrograffin enema, ultrasound. Each test is used based upon the clinical presentation and indication. The least invasive and least expensive are x-ray and ultrasound. They also provide the least information. Ct scan provides a lot of info, but requires more radiation. Endoscopy and surgery have more risks. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: small intestine?

Part of bowel: The small intestine is the intestinal tract that lies between the stomach and the colon. It is involved in digesting and absorbing most of the nutrients we need for our daily functioning. ...Read more

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How can bile reach the small intestine?

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 does a kink in your small intestine mean?

Nothing: Unless you are having symptoms of bowel obstruction. Usually the kink is due to prior abdominal surgery and adhesions. The obstruction can be partial, intermittent or complete, the latter usually requiring surgical correction and the former two usual respond to bowel rest in the hospital for 1-3 days. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Small Intestine (Definition)

The small intestine is the intestinal tract that lies between the stomach and the colon. It is involved in digesting and absorbing most of the nutrients we need ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more