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Irresistible Bowel Syndrome
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
Too Little Intestine: Certain medical conditions require emergency removal of a significant amount of the small intestine. We see this in infancy associated with necrotizing enterocolitis and in adults when the blood supply to the small intestine is cut-off. The small bowel is responsible for digesting nutrients within our diet; if a lot of the small intestine is missing, nutritional deficiencies occur. ...Read more
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Insufficient bowel: Short bowel is the condition where too much intestine is removed resulting in insufficient ability to maintain nutrition. Conditions such as ischemia or crohn's disease can require large resections of bowel resulting in this condition. Often, patients require special medications to rehab their remaining bowel, peripheral nutrition, or even small bowel transplants. ...Read more
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