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To Keep The Body Healthy, How Does The Small Intestine Work With Other Systems of digestion? Please give at least 3 examples. ..

To Keep The Body Healthy, How Does The Small Intestine Work With Other Systems of digestion? Please give at least 3 examples. ..

Protiens, Fat, Carbs: Your small intestine begins at your duodenum and this is where your body actually digests your foods. Enzymes from your liver and pancreas break food down into its basic particles. Meats/proteins to amino acids, sugars to carbohydrates and fats to fatty acids. The rest of your small bowel has miles of small bowel to digest. ...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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How do you look after the health of the small intestine?

How do you look after the health of the small intestine?

Small intestine: Other than eating a nutritious diet with a variety of fresh ingredients and adequate amounts of dietary fiber, there is nothing that you need to do to promote the health of the small intestine. The intestines do not need periodic cleanses or supplements for optimal health. If you're having problems, discuss them with your doctor. Good luck. ...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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My friend at work says his child was born from swallowed sperm. A couple doctors say small intestine can transport sperm to the uterus by blood. True?

My friend at work says his child was born from swallowed sperm. A couple doctors say small intestine can transport sperm to the uterus by blood. True?

Health Tap: No. This is not true. It is false. Completely. This appellation is not here for entertainment or for jokes. This question represents an abuse of this system. You do not need a physician to tell you how absurd this 'myth' is. ...Read more

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Does the small intestine also get polyps and cancers like the colon does?

Yes less frequently: Yes less frequently than colon, early detection is difficult due to location, some of them have genetic etiology. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a blockage in my small intestine?

What do you recommend if I have a blockage in my small intestine?

Surgery if true: Obstruction does not hit 31 years old suddenly unless you already have many abdominal surgeries in the past
number one reason for bowel obstruction for somebody who had surgery before are adhesions that need to be safely removed by surgery
number one reason for obstruction in what we called a virgin abdomen is tumor or hernia
i am sure if you think you have an obstruction you have a doctor. ...Read more

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When I was born my small intestine was knotted up and some was removed. Was that volvulus?

When I was born my small intestine was knotted up and some was removed. Was that volvulus?

Quite possibly: You say your small intestine was knotted up. That could indeed be midgut volvulus in which your small bowel was twisted around a narrow mesentery, or connection of the bowel to the back of the abdominal cavity. That is almost always seen in intestinal malrotation, when the bowel did not situate in the right location in the abdomen as it was being formed in the fetus. ...Read more

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I discovered my dad has cancer of the small intestine. How should I live my life now?

I discovered my dad has cancer of the small intestine. How should I live my life now?

Normal life: It really depend what kind of small bowel cancer he had and what part of the small intestine
small bowel cancer is rare in the usa and not all of the are hereditary
you need to eat healthy and stay with a doctor who could follow you very closely and do not ignore any sign or symptoms like bleeding unexpected weight loss or change of appetite or bowel habit
find out more about your dad cancer. ...Read more

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I need the name of doctor that will physcially remove tapeworms from the small intestine.

I need the name of doctor that will physcially remove tapeworms from the small intestine.

Praziquantel: Tapeworms are not removed physically. They are removed chemically. Praziquantel or niclosamide are available agents. ...Read more

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Hi doctor I wanna ask are bile ducts or biliary tree connected to kidneys or just small intestine?

Hi doctor I wanna ask are bile ducts or biliary tree connected to kidneys or just small intestine?

Biliary tree.: The biliary tree connects the liver, gallbladder and pancreas to the small intestines. It has no connection to the kidneys. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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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Desctibe the parts of the small intestine?

Desctibe the parts of the small intestine?

See below: The stomach empties into the first part of the small intestine, the duodenum, where bile and pancreatic enzymes enter for digestion. Next is the jejunum and then the ileum. These are parts of the small intestine that also absorb nutrients & vitamins that then can enter into the blood stream. ...Read more

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What causes a obstruction in the small intestine?

Within and without..: The obstrction can be form something within the lumen (the passage) or within the wall or from externally (within the abdomen but outside the si). With this in mind it is possible to work through the possibilites and reach a conclusion... ...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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What amount of of the small intestine can be removed safely?

What amount of of the small intestine can be removed safely?

Differs among people: Some people can lose a significant length of their intestine and still maintain relatively normal function. Other people can retain their entire intestine length and still have poor function. Historically, adults require about 100cm minimum to function without supplemental fluids or nutrition. However, this depends on presence of large intestine and the valve between the small and large intestine. ...Read more

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What diseases make it hard for the small intestine to function?

What diseases make it hard for the small intestine to function?

Small intestine: There are entire textbooks hundreds of pages long written just on small intestinal diseases. It would be hard to pinpoint whatever it is you're looking for. Can you rephrase your question? ...Read more

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How much of the small intestine can be removed safely if damaged?

All but 150-200cm: All of the intestine can be removed. However, most adults need to keep at least 150 to 200 cms of small intestine to maintain enough function to avoid complications such as dehydration, severe diarrhea, and vitamin/mineral deficiencies. When you have less than that amount, you may require supplemental IV fluids of nutrition into the vein. Some patients receive intestine transplant, if necessary. ...Read more

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Please help, how much of the small intestine can be removed safely?

All but 150-200 cm: All of the intestine can be removed. However, most adults need to keep at least 150 to 200 cm of small intestine to maintain enough function to avoid complications such as dehydration, severe diarrhea, and vitamin/mineral deficiencies. When you have less than that amount, you may require supplemental IV fluids of nutrition into the vein. Some patients receive intestine transplant, if necessary. ...Read more

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What does a 'boggy' small intestine mean? What could that be a condition of? Ty!

What does a 'boggy' small intestine mean? What could that be a condition of? Ty!

Boggy: Usually we call boggy as loose or flaccid, lacking tone - in regards to the smooth muscle of the small bowl. A common condition of this is an ileus, immotility. If this is occurring there maybe a problem with the enteric system of the gut. ...Read more

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My small intestine feels all knotted and backed up. What tests do they do for that?

Knotted bowels: Intussuseption occurs when bowel folds into itself; volvulus is when bowels become twisted--both may result in "knotting" & are emergent conditions. The sensation may also result from autonomic dysfunction with slow transit, dysmotility syndromes, & gut spasms. These situations are distinguished from bowel obstruction. ...Read more

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If you stretched out the small intestine of an adult, approximately how long would it be?

If you stretched out the small intestine of an adult, approximately how long would it be?

6.9 m: The average length of the small intestine in an adult human male is 6.9 m (22 feet 6 inches), and in an adult female 7.1 m (23 feet 4 inches). It can vary greatly, from as short as 4.6 m (15 feet) to as long as 9.8 m (32 feet). ...Read more

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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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Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

Only rarely: Inflammation can cause bleeding, blockage or can allow a hole with a leak to occur. This is almost always in the large intestine. It can cause a big abscess reaction and the reaction of the body to wall this off might trap the small intestine and kink or block it. ...Read more

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Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

Rarely: If there is enough inflammation or infection from diverticulitis, then rarely the small intestine can become attached to the colon and secondarily become inflamed or kinked in the reaction. I have seen this occur on rare occaision. So typically a small bowel obstruction would not occur in diverticulitis. ...Read more

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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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When you have a colonoscopy does it include the small intestine?

Only a little part: A full colonoscopy goes through the whole colon (large intestine) and the last part of the small intestine called the ileum. A atandard colonoscopy can't go further than that. To see the rest of the small bowel you need special techniques such as double balloon enteroscopy. Imaging such as MRI or ct scans or barium studies can also visualize the small bowel, but cannot obtain biopsies. ...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 is a villous adenoma of the small intestine?

What is a villous adenoma of the small intestine?

Premalignant tumor: Neoplasms of the small bowel are unusual comprising less than 2% of all malignant neoplasms of bowel. They manifest with non-specific symptoms and frequently can be missed in the usual screening tests because they are flat and carpet like in appearance. Villous adenomas are often associated with larger adenomas and more severe degrees of dysplasia and are of concern primarily because of the risk of malignant transformation (approximately 15-25% overall) ...Read more

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Diagnosis method to small intestine tuberculosis?

Diagnosis method to small intestine tuberculosis?

CAPSULE ENDOSOCPY: Traditional Endoscopy rarely reached the small bowel. Capsule endoscopy can show photos of the anatomy of the Small bowel to suggest a diagnosis. Also stool cultures x 3 samples on 3 seperate days hold for AFB smear and culture. Also evaluate for pulmonary TB with chest CT and sputum samples. ...Read more

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I was told after some tests that I may have bacteria in my small intestine. Is there something ican eat or take?

I was told after some tests that I may have bacteria in my small intestine. Is there something ican eat or take?

Diarrhea?: If your intestinal bacteria is associated with diarrhea then your stool needs to be tested. If the results are positive then proper treatment can be reccomended. ...Read more

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I had diagnosed with acute infection in small intestine but don't know the cause. Want to know what food might help me?

Food avoidance: Primarily a bland diet avoiding greasy or fried foods. Milk and milk products should also be avoided. ...Read more

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