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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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My mom just had some x rays done of her esophagus and they told her that her small intestine is narrow. I want to know if this is something dangerous?

My mom just had some x rays done of her esophagus and they told her that her small intestine is narrow. I want to know if this is something dangerous?

Need more info: The info in the question is incomplete. An xray of the esophagus is usually an esophagogram where a patient drinks barium. Xray of the small intestine is an small bowel follow through. Did your mom had both studies? What symptoms were she having? ...Read more

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Does narrowing of the stomach, mean the same as narrowing of the bowel? Because my pain medicine says don't take if have this problem.Its fentanyl pat

Stomach vs bowel: Fentanyl like any opioids reduces the movement of the bowels (peristaltic movements) if you have a narrowing into the bowel that needs a strong and sustained peristalsis to pass the content from one portion to the next then fentanyl it is not for you(you could get total or partial bowel obstruction)for the stomach area it does delay the gastric emptying, but does not produce obstruction. ...Read more

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Please help, blood in stool (colonoscopy normal, ) MRI shows narrowing of small bowel don, t know what this signifys?

Please help, blood in stool (colonoscopy normal, ) MRI shows narrowing of small bowel don, t know what this signifys?

Crohn's disease (IBD: Crohn's disease atype of ibd (inflammatory bowel disease) is one of the causes for blood in stool. Normal colonoscopy suggests that colon is not involved. Mri is useful to avoid radiation and detect complications such as fistula, abscess, or sinuses. ...Read more

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Low stomach pain possibly bowel issues! I have ibs. Dr couldn't do colonoscopy due to a narrowing so i had barium enama instead. No cancer so nothing?

Maybe diverticulosis: If they were unable to get through for a colonoscopy, it could be diverticular disease (this should have been in your barium enema report if true, so ask you doctor. If so, that can cause discomfort. So can constipation, which may be related to the narrowing. Increase fiber and fluids. Acacia fiber is better tolerated in ibs than other fibers, can be ordered online if not available near you. ...Read more

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I had a barium enema this morning and this evening I have abdominal pain. Should i be concerned? I have Crohn's disease and most of my large bowel have been removed it is active in my rectum and remaining colon. Small bowel exrays showed some narrowing. I

There : There are possible complications that can occur with a barium enema. Possibilities include: gastrointestinal bleeding, crampy abdominal pain, perforation of your colon, or barium hardening and partially or completely obstructing your bowel. I am answering this four days after you wrote in. If you still have pain at this time, with your complex medical history, recommend that you contact your physician and advise. ...Read more

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A 17 year olds sysmptoms :change in bowel movement constipation narrow stools small black dots in stool tight abdomen mild stomach pain colon cancer?

A 17 year olds sysmptoms :change in bowel movement  constipation narrow stools small black dots in stool tight abdomen mild stomach pain colon cancer?

Needs eval : This isn't a usual presentation for colon cancer, since it's usually without symptoms, and doesn't happen to 17 year olds very often. There are a lot of colon conditions that need to be considered by a doctor in person to figure this one out which i'd suggest you get done early next week. ...Read more

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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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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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Bowel (Definition)

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


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