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Length Of Small And Large Intestines
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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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Digestion: The stomach is responsible for mixing food and preparing it for digestion. The enzymes which break food down into nutrients mix with the food in the duodenum, as does the bile from the liver. The nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine. Everything that is not absorbed travels to the large intestine, where water is absorbed, turning the waste from liquid to solid. ...Read more
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
IT'S A RISK FACTOR: Repeated abdominal surgeries might increase the likelihood of developing abdominal adhesions. In simple terms like cobwebs. These can sometimes be the cause of partial or complete bowel obstructions. The mechanism is different because the source is external as compared to a mass growing inside the bowel. Talk to your doctor about your concern. ...Read more
Lots. see md: May simply be inadequate fiber in diet, lack of fluid intake, physical inactivity, meds, depression, gut motility issues. Could also be more significant problems, e.G diverticulosis, diverticulitis, polyps, tumors, cancet, other. Had a colonoscopy? When? May need to repeat. See md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can be.: The most common symptoms include cramping, generalized abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, and the absence of any passage of stool or gas. We call this last symptom obstipation, and it is a very important predictor of the severity of the episode. In some cases, the pain becomes constant and severe--this may represent a compromised blood supply to the bowel, requiring emergency surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Uncommon : Duplication cysts occur in small intestine more commonly in jejunum and ileum (45% of intestinal duplications) and are in tubular and cystic forms.These cysts are uncommon.Symptoms include abdominal distention, vomiting, bleeding, & a palpable abdominal mass. Complications include perforation, intussusception, & bowel obstruction. ...Read more
What are the symptoms of strictures in the large intestine causing slow moment or difficult movement of poop?
Colonic strictures: Colonic strictures are rather rare, and are often due to inflammatory bowel disease or colon cancer. If a stricture is found, it needs to be investigated by a gastroenterologist. Most constipation is not caused by strictures of any sort. Your G.I. doc can help you sort through that too. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
SIMPLE: Same mechanism just different part of the bowel being affected. Either the small or large bowel. ...Read more
What is the actual length of the large intestine? Of sm intestine? Time it takes for a meal to completely go thru system, mouth to exit?
Variable, but...: Roughly large intestine (colon) is 5 feet long & small intestine is 20 feet long. Figure 4-6 hours to empty stomach completely, 17 hours to digest food thru small bowel, & 1-3 days to absorb thru colon. This calculates to a bell-curve distribution of GI transit such that normal american stool frequency varies from 3x/day to once every 3-4 days. Calculate yours by examining stool for "marker" food. ...Read more
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