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Intestine (Overview)

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 goes on long journey.


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What is rumbling in intestines?

What is rumbling in intestines?

Peristalsis : You are hearing substances (food, liquid, gas) being pushed through your bowels via contractions. This mechanism is called peristalsis and is normal. ...Read more

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Intestine (Overview)

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 goes on long journey.


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Can the intestines be in the wrong place and need to be surgicaly put back in the right place?

Can the intestines be in the wrong place and need to be surgicaly put back in the right place?

Yes.: Some people are born with variants of "malrotation". This is when the small bowels don't "land" in the right spot during fetal development. Other times the large bowel can twist....What we call a "volvulus", or "torsion". ...Read more

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Is consuming ground flax seeds beneficial? How much if so, and does it really cleanse the intestines? What else should we add/not add to daily diet?

Is consuming ground flax seeds beneficial? How much if so, and does it really cleanse the intestines? What else should we add/not add to daily diet?

Flax seeds: Ground flax seeds can be beneficial, although it is not as beneficial as a good fish oil, flax is not as well absorbed as fish oil and one of the main reasons for taking either is to increase the intake of fatty acids such as omega three oils. Flax is used mainly by those who want a vegetarian source of omega 3 and can not eat fish or take fish oil. ...Read more

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Is it normal to last a week without food passing threw intestine?

Is it normal to last a week without food passing threw intestine?

Generally not: Proteins tend to take longer to digest. Low fiber diet & poor fluid intake can prolong transit time as well as lead to constipation. Increase fiber (fruits/veggies/supplement) & fluid intake (8 full glasses of water, not caffeine or alcohol which tend to dehydrate) & stool softener. May take several days to improve condition. If no bm or pain worsens, see pcp for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it possible that the intestines are blocked?

Is it possible that the intestines are blocked?

Intestinal blockage: Depends on the cause.

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Can you tell me which is the name of that disease where you lose a big part of your intestine?

Can you tell me which is the name of that disease where you lose a big part of your intestine?

Indication 4 surgery: Removal of part of the small or large intestine may be necessary in cases of tumors, fixed strictures or obstructions, complicated diverticulitis, any enteritis or colitis that proves refractory to medical management, gangrenous gut (infectious, ischemic, unrelieved volvulus), malrotation, internal or external hernias, appendicitis, complicated punctures or blow-outs, just to name a few... ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: intestine?

What is the definition or description of: intestine?

Most of the gut.: 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 goes on long journey. ...Read more

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How strong are the intestines?

Strong!: Think of all the crud we put into our bodies each day - brownies, cookies, 'sweet chili heat doritos'! we put our intestines through a lot, but most of the time they do their job of sucking out whatever nutrients and water they can. Some things intestines can't handle: magnets, sharp pointy things, poison. If you have downed any of these, swallow your pride and see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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How rare is having a twisted intestine in a child?

How rare is having a twisted intestine in a child?

See below: It occurs in about 1 in 500 births. Or .002%. ...Read more

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Bowel (Definition)

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


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