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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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Can resection surgery at the junction of the small and large intestine cause chronic sibo? Assume the ileocecal valve was removed.

Can resection surgery at the junction of the small and large intestine cause chronic sibo? Assume the ileocecal valve was removed.

Define: I don't know what sibo is. In general, if the ileocecal valve is removed, some patients can have , at least temporarily, some looser stools or urgency. I usually suggest Imodium (loperamide) as needed, a good general diet, avoidance of large meals, and the inclusion of yogurt in the diet. If i'm missing the boat here, define sibo. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had a colon resection a month and a half ago. Lately when I have a bowel movement i get pain in my lower back and abdomen. Any ideas?

I had a colon resection a month and a half ago. Lately when I have a bowel movement i get pain in my lower back and abdomen. Any ideas?

Yes: You want to let your surgeon know about this. He/she did the resection and must know about it. Better be safe and good luck. Hopefully nothing serious. ...Read more

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How can I relax my irritable large intestine?

How can I relax my irritable large intestine?

Explore the triggers: IBS has a multitude of possible causes. If you explore some you could avoid, it may improve. Gluten sensitivity or wheat allergy is a common trigger. Cross reactivity to a variety of lesser food sensitivities . food additives like #40 red dye are all avoidable. There are a variety of blood tests that can help narrow the list of possibles.A primary care doc can arrange them. ...Read more

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What is the side effect of large intestine surgery since I am ready to get surgery soon due to redundency ?

Depends: I'm not sure what u mean. Colon surgery can have irregular bowel movements, temporary for most patients. Some can have chronic diarrhea but not frequent. U can also have complications from surgery, infection, bleeding, leakage of stool ( can b life threatening). Redudent colon is usually not an indication unless u have potential for volvulus ( twisting of bowel). ...Read more

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Diverticulitis. Sigmoidectomy 2014. Just had another bout. Dr. says may have to remove large intestine. Logical? I can't find much online.

Diverticulitis.  Sigmoidectomy 2014.  Just had another bout.  Dr. says may have to remove large intestine.  Logical? I can't find much online.

General Surgery: You should consult a physician in General Surgery/Colon and Rectal Surgery at an academic medical center designated as a tertiary care medical center. Diverticulitis is treated with bowel rest, nasogastric suction, and antibiotics, however, the level of infection may be grave, and in certain cases a resection may be necessary. An expert opinion is a reasonable course of action. ...Read more

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How do I know that e.Histolatyca reached the bloodstream or the liver? How long does it take for it to travel from the large intestine to other organs

How do I know that e.Histolatyca reached the bloodstream or the liver? How long does it take for it to travel from the large intestine to other organs

Variable: Most infected people, about 90%, are asymptomatic. In ~10% of invasive cases the amoebae enter the bloodstream and may travel to liver, causing an abscess, and other organs in the body. This can occur as early as 2-4 weeks after infected or months to years later. Symptoms can include fever, nausea, vomiting, and pain in the rt upper abdominal pain. Dx is by blood tests, ct scan, and needle biopsy. ...Read more

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What can I do if my right side of my large intestine aches, no appendix, could I have bowel blockage?

What can I do if my right side of my large intestine aches, no appendix, could I have bowel blockage?

No: With a blockage you would have been in much more pain and had other GI problems. What you decsribe is adhesions or scarring involving the intestines. This can lead to a complete obstruction. You should see your doctor soon. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be able to feel your large intestine ? (i assume that's what i can feel) its on the right side of my stomach.

Is it normal to be able to feel your large intestine ? (i assume that's what i can feel) its on the right side of my stomach.

Yes...: Abdominal symptoms e.g. Discomfort, cramping etc. Is often referred pain from either the small or large intestine. The location of the pain in the abdomen reflects the origin of the symptom based on whats called a dermatomal distribution. Patients with ibs (irritable bowel) have heightened awareness of intestinal contractions, spasms and gas in their intestines. ...Read more

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Please give me suggestions a part lower large intestine comes out while passing the motion no pain I have to insert it inside while cleaning?

Please give me suggestions a part lower large intestine comes out while passing the motion no pain I have to insert it inside while cleaning?

Rectal prolapse: Rectal prolapse is a condition in which the rectum (the last part of the large intestine before it exits the anus) loses its normal attachments inside the body, allowing it to telescope out through the anus, thereby turning it “inside out”. While this may be uncomfortable, it rarely results in an emergent medical problem. ...Read more

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What is absorbed in the large intestine?

What is absorbed in the large intestine?

Large intestine: The large intestine primarily absorbs water from the stool mixture, associated with ions, nutrients, and vitamins produced by the gut bacteria. By absorbing the water, it changes the stool from liquid to its final solid form. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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

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 treatments for an elongated large intestine?

What treatments for an elongated large intestine?

Depends on function: The therapeutic approach depends on colon function. An elongated colon may work perfectly well, & therefore require no "treatment." a sluggish colon may respond to prokinetics (designed to speed up movement of material through colon). Colonic inertia that is refractory to prokinetic rx may benefit from "colon reduction" surgery. Sitz marker testing, defecography, anal manometry studies can help. ...Read more

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Is the colon the large intestine or the whole one?

Colon = large intest: The colon is the last 5 feet or so of your intestines, from the rectum to the cecum, and it has altogether different functions, appearance and use than the rest of your intestines. ...Read more

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Is the large intestine the colon or something else?

Is the large intestine the colon or something else?

Yes, it is colon & -: Large intestine includes- cecum, colon (ascending, transverse, descending), and rectum. ...Read more

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