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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


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Are longer colons more likely to become cancerous?

Not that we know of: Research shows colon cancer can develop in any section of the colon, and the length is not a risk factor. Constipation, common in patients with longer colons, is a slight risk factor. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from colon polup removall?

How long does it take to  recover from colon polup removall?

Polypectomy: Expect to recover within two weeks. To ensure a smooth recovery, be sure to follow your doctor's instructions. ...Read more

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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

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How long does it take for the colon cleanse to work?

Not helpful: Cleansing of the colon is a common prescription by alternative medical practitioners for a variety of GI and other problems. The colon is very effective at self cleaning and really does not need this preparation. There are no clinical studies showing any positive effect of 'cleansing' although many show no effect at all. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a biopsy in the colon to heal?

A few days: It depends on the size of the biopsy. For a standard random colonic biopsy, it would be a few days at the most. ...Read more

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If you have your colon removed how long can you live for?

If you have your colon removed how long can you live for?

Decades!: While it is nice to have the whole colon, you can survive without it just fine. The colon absorbs water, so you may have more runny or liquid stools, but otherwise, you should not have any decrease in life span -- although it depends why it was removed? (for cancer: there is a risk of recurrence; for ibd, perhaps recurrence in the small bowel). ...Read more

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Are there any concerns with prolonged daily use of psyllium seed husk for colon health?

No, It's good for yo: No in fact it is beneficial for health. It relieves the symptoms of constipation and hemorrhoids and it prevents against colon cancer. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the colon to return to "normal" after being treated for colitis?

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How long does it take for the colon to return to "normal" after being treated for colitis?

It depends: If the colitis is a temporary type (i.e. Due to infection) it should return to normal sometime with a couple of months, depending on the damage done. If it is proctitis, ulcerative colitis, or crohn's disease, it may be years or lifelong. This disease can be very difficult to diagnose with certainty and usually comes and goes. See your doctor if it doesn't return to normal. ...Read more

Colonic (Definition)

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