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Could a person survive without a colon?

Could a person survive without a colon?

Yes: Colon refers to the large intestine. There are conditions that lead to removal of all of the large intestine. It alters ones bowel movements. But...People survive fine without the large intestine. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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Docs, could a person survive without a colon?

Docs, could a person survive without a colon?

Yes: The main function of the colon is the adsorption of fluid leaving the small intestine where nutrients are adsorbed. Patients with diseases of the bowel such as inflammatory bowel disease or diffuse polyposis frequently have the entire colon removed bringing a loop of terminal small intestine out on the skin as an ileostomy. Many people are able to lead a functional life with this stoma. ...Read more

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Can a person live without a pancreas? 

Can a person live without a pancreas? 

Yes: You can be alive even after your entire pancreas has been removed. However, you would have very difficult to control diabetes. Also you would have problems with digestion and be required to take enzyme suppliments. ...Read more

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Life without a spleen? Can a person live a normal life without a spleen?

Life without a spleen? Can a person live a normal life without a spleen?

For the most part: People without a spleen can lead a normal life. Be sure you are vaccinated against these bacteria: streptococcus pneumoniae, neisseria meningitidis, and haemophilus influenzae. People without spleens are at a increased risk severe infections. You should get yearly flu vaccine and your doctor may recommend a pneumonia vaccine. Discuss infection risks and surgical complication with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a person live with a ruptured spleen without seeking medical care?

If you have a : Ruptured spleen, successful non-operative treatment would depend on extent and location of the injury and on your age and co-morbid conditions. If you suspect a spleen injury, you must see a doctor, because you can die from it. ...Read more

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Can you request a large bowel removal for a better quality of life. I have Crohn's and pan-colitis entire colon effected no Crohn's in s-bowel ?

Can you request a large bowel removal for a better quality of life. I have Crohn's and pan-colitis entire colon effected no Crohn's  in s-bowel ?

Crohns: Yes you can have a this is a complex decision to be made in coordination with your gastroenterologist and surgeon. The problem with colectomy in crohns disease is the fact that the disease can then affect your small intestine resulting in shortgut syndrome and the inability to absorb nutrients and water properly. Please talk this over with your gastrologist and seek a surgical opinion from a colorectal specialist. ...Read more

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Can a person live without a portion of the liver?

Can a person live without a portion of the liver?

Yes: The liver has the unique capacity compared to all other internal organs of regenerating. Because of this, for instance, a portion can be donated for transplant to another with no risk to the donor. And while it is regenerating. The remaining portion of the liver can function successfully. ...Read more

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Without a spleen and gallbladder can i live a normal life?

Without a spleen and gallbladder can  i live a normal life?

See below: For the most part yes, except that you may have more loose stools and may have more infections. ...Read more

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Docs, could a human survive without the ileum?

Docs, could a human survive without the ileum?

Many do!: The function of the ileum is mainly to absorb vitamin B12 & bile salts as well as whatever products of digestion were not absorbed by the jejunum. Some of the function of a missing or shortened ileum can be accommodated, & some supplemented. ...Read more

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If more than half a million pple have their gallbladder removed anually in theu.S.What should be the total living population living without gb?.

If  more than half a million pple have their gallbladder removed anually in theu.S.What should be the total  living population living without gb?.

Gallbladder disease: Difficult to answer stated this way. Before dr. Evarts graham developed 1st diagnostic test for gallbladder dz, oral cholecystogram mid 1930's, gallbladder dz was on top 10 list for cause of death in U.S.A. Gallbladder dz remains on this list for several countries where gallbladder surgery is limited, but not in U.S.A. The gallbladder is not essential organ. Okay to have it removed when diseased. ...Read more

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Can a person live without testicles?

Can a person live without testicles?

Yes: Removal of the testicles is a form of treatment of advanced / metastatic prostate cancer, not commonly used these days. Patients without testicles will be infertile and have low testosterone, but can lead otherwise healthy lives. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a 79 yr old male with colon caner/tumor in colon and spread to the liver? history heart bypass, kidney fail diabetic?

What is the life expectancy for a 79 yr old male with colon caner/tumor in colon and spread to the liver? history heart bypass, kidney fail diabetic?

Sadly not long: This sounds like a bad situation. Talk to your doctor and make sure he gets good supportive care with the help of his doctor and specialists. It is always difficult to estimate a time. It may be a matter of weeks. Also get an opinion from someone who knows him. All the best and God bless. ...Read more

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Is a spleen necessary to live a healthy life?

Is a spleen necessary to live a healthy life?

No: The spleen functions as a contributor to the body's immune system. Removal of the spleen will result in an increased risk of infections with certain organisms. There are vaccines available to prevent infections against these organisms. The risk of serious infections is less than 1%. Most people without a spleen can lead normal lives. ...Read more

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How long can a person live with a bowel obstruction after cancer surgery?

How long can a person live with a bowel obstruction after cancer surgery?

Need more info.: How soon after the surgery did the bowel obstruction occur? Is it a large- or small bowel obstruction? Do the doctors believe the obstruction is due to recurrent cancer or adhesions? Is it an incomplete or complete obstruction? Please ask these questions of the treating physicians for a better understanding of this complex problem. ...Read more

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Is colon(large intestine) surgery is recommended for a person suffered from IBS even if having redundant colon?

Is colon(large intestine) surgery is recommended for a person suffered from IBS even if having redundant colon?

Surgery last resort: Redundant colon is a normal anatomical variant in which there are extra loops in the large intestine.It can cause associated conditions as ibs, colitis, colonic polyps etc. Usually it does not require any treatment. High fibre diet with proper nutrition. Colon cleansing can be beneficial.Surgery would be a last resort. ...Read more

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Is a virtual colonoscopy a good choice for a 35 yo healthy female who has a family history of colon cancer?

Is a virtual colonoscopy a good choice for a 35 yo healthy female who has a family history of colon cancer?

Perhaps: Virtual colonoscopy can certainly find colon polyps. The problem is that if one is found you would have to have another colon prep and colonoscopy so that the polyp could be biopsied. If you have a strong family history or other risk factors for colon cancer colonoscopy may be the better test. ...Read more

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How likely is it for a 20 year old person without a spleen live till 80? Percentage or chances? In regards to life expectancy or cancer or such?Thanks

How likely is it for a 20 year old person without a spleen live till 80? Percentage or chances? In regards to life expectancy or cancer or such?Thanks

Very good chance: When a spleen is removed there is a high incidence of infection and pneumonia for which the pneumococcal vaccine is given. If the spleen was removed due to a nonmalignant condition then the complications of splenectomy are markedly reduced since the cases where problems can arise are when the procedure was done for enlarged spleen secondary to lymphoma or Hodgkins. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more