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What can I do to keep my large intestine in good condition?

What can I do to keep my large intestine in good condition?

Healthy Diet: A diet that is high in fiber, fruits, whole grains, and vegetables can help keep your colon healthy. It is very important to have a colonoscopy when you reach age 50 to screen for colon cancer (which is very treatable if caught early) or younger if there is a history of colon cancer or colon polyps in your family. Avoid habitual laxative use, and get regular exercise. Your body will thank you! ...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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At the ascending end of the large intestine and the horizonal beginning intestine, what can cause pain?

At the ascending end of the large intestine and the horizonal beginning intestine, what can cause pain?

Right sided abd pain: The area you describe is called the right upper quadrant of the abdomen. In addition to large bowel problems problems with the gallbladder such as gallstones could cause this pain. Other possibilities in the right upper quadrant are ulcer disease, liver problems, and pacreatitis. ...Read more

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Where is the large intestine located ?

Where is the large intestine located ?

Abdomen: The large intestine, aka the colon, is located in varying areas of you abdomen. It begins in the right, lower portion of your belly and travels to right upper area (ascending colon) becoming the transverse colon as it moves across from your right to your left side. Here it becomes the descending colon and transitions to you sigmoid colon in the lower left side. It moves central and down to end. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of rapturing the large intestine?

What are the consequences of rapturing the large intestine?

Infection: Millions of bacteria reside in the large intestine. With rupture, the bacteria leak into the abdominal cavity, creating severe inflammation and potential entry of these bacteria into the bloodstream, leading to sepsis or even death if untreated. Depending on the cause & location of the rupture (and luck), adjacent tissues can potentially "band-aid" the whole; other times, surgery is necessary. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: large intestine?

What is the definition or description of: large intestine?

Def: Large intestine: 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 answers regarding colon diseases. ...Read more

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What function is affected when the large intestine is damaged or removed?

What function is affected when the large intestine is damaged or removed?

Nothing major: The main functions of large intestine is to act as a reservoir for the fecal matter. It also absorbs water from the stools so they get solidified. The net effect of removal of colon may be more frequent bolwel movements than 1-2/day and they may be softer or semisolid.Of course you need your lower end to be functional/intact in order to have control over the bowel movements ...Otherwise a colost. ...Read more

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What are consequences if large intestine is removed?

What are consequences if large intestine is removed?

Diarrhea/dehydration: The large intestine has two primary functions: 1) storage of stool and 2) absorption of water. When food leaves the small intestine, it is liquid. By the time it leaves the large intestine, it is solid. Therefore, remove the large intestine and have frequent liquid stools. This condition can lead to dehydration. Some patients require medicines to slow intestine transit; some need IV fluids. ...Read more

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What does the large intestine do?

What does the large intestine do?

Absorb water: Stool as it leaves the small intestine is very liquid. As it travels through the colon, water is absorbed from it so that it is more formed by the time it reaches the rectum. ...Read more

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What can happen if the large intestine isn't functioning properly?

Colon dysfunction: The colon's primary function is absorption of water (mostly right colon) & storage of solid waste (mostly left colon). Continence of stool relies primarily on rectal tone & sensation. An inflammed colon or one that is too active may result in diarrhea, whereas a sluggish colon may contribute to constipation. Fecal incontinence reflects rectal/anal disturbance (see my earlier healthtap entries). ...Read more

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What would happen if the large intestine is removed?

What would happen if the large intestine is removed?

Colostomy/illeostomy: Generally, if the colon needs to be removed for some reason, the surgeon will create a place on the abdominal wall where the intestines can drain. Depending on exactly how much is removed, it may either be a colostomy (from what's left of the colon) or an illeostomy (from the end of the small intestine). A bag is usually worn to catch the feces. ...Read more

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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


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