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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

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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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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What happens if the blood flowing to your small intestine is blocked off what are the signs and how long from the time that the blood is cut off till you have damage that can not be fixed? Can you die from this?

What happens if the blood flowing to your small intestine is blocked off what are the signs and how long from the time that the blood is cut off till you have damage
that can not be fixed?  Can you die from this?

Hello. : Hello. I think it depends on if this chronic ischemia or acute intestinal ischemia. Symptoms of chronic ischemia can include: abdominal pain that worsens over time, diarrhea, weight loss, nausea and vomiting, cramps or fullness of the abdomen after eating. Symptoms of acute intestinal ischemia can include: sudden mild to severe abdominal pain , distention of the abdomen, tender abdomen, blood in feces, nausea, vomiting, fever, an urgent need to pass stool or a really vigrous bm. I don't know if you are referring to strangulation of the bowel, which can obstruct flow and lead to gangrene. If you have sudden onset, severe abdominal pain that should be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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Mom my had 8" of the lower part of the small intestine resected. How long will she have to worry about diarhhea?

Mom my had 8" of the lower part of the small intestine resected. How long will she have to worry about diarhhea?

It depends: So sorry your mom had to have a resection of her small intestine. It all depends on what the problem was and how her body responds to the surgery. The best thing to do is be supportive and help her relax, so she can heal. Unfortunately no one has a crystal ball when it comes to our health. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are long and short term symptoms of small intestine cancer?

Could you tell me what are long and short term symptoms of small intestine cancer?

Obstruction: Small intestinal cancer is much less common than colonic cancer and the symptoms are related to obstruction of the bowel, e.g., vomiting, constipation, mass in abdomen and endocrine symptoms from some tumors. Some small intestinal cancers are lymphomas and may be associated with enlarged lymph-nodes. ...Read more

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How long is the timeline for a person with stage IV small intestine cancer?

No such timeline: No scientific physician has ever given a person x-number of months / years to survive. The patient may have the inferior vena cava undergo thrombosis or a mass become infected and die tomorrow. Five percent of these people are alive in five years. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/smallintestinecancer/detailedguide/small-intestine-cancer-survival-rates. ...Read more

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How long does it take food to get to the stomach. To the small intestine. To the large intestine n back out?

Range: There is a wide range, for example 6 hours to 24 hours for all. Stomach sometimes one hour but could be more or less. Transit time varies a lot. ...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?

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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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 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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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