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Peristalsis (Overview)

Peristalsis is a series of organized muscle contractions that occur throughout the digestive tract. Peristalsis is also seen in the tubular organs that connect the kidneys to the bladder. Peristalsis is an automatic and important process that moves food through the digestive system. It also moves urine from the kidneys into the bladder, and bile from the gallbladder into the duodenum.


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What is the function of peristalsis?

What is the function of peristalsis?

Movement: Peristalsis helps the food move through the digestive tract so it can be digested properly. It also aids in crushing the food as it is propelled forward. Hope that helps. ...Read more

Peristalsis (Overview)

Peristalsis is a series of organized muscle contractions that occur throughout the digestive tract. Peristalsis is also seen in the tubular organs that connect the kidneys to the bladder. Peristalsis is an automatic and important process that moves food through the digestive system. It also moves urine from the kidneys into the bladder, and bile from the gallbladder into the duodenum.


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What happens to peristalsis as you age?

It slows down: The generalized loss of muscle tone causes food to move more slowly along the digestive tract. ...Read more

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What is is meant by reverse peristalsis?

Vomit: It is a fancy medical term for vomiting. Peristalsis is the normal slow motion of the gastrointestinal tract that moves food along to be absorbed. When it is reversed it goes in the opposite direction and can lead to vomiting. ...Read more

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What exercises and herbs can increase peristalsis?

These can: Aerobic exercise is a great way of increasing peristalsis. Enough water and fiber in your diet has this effect too. Ginger works. For a spastic colon, camomile and rhubarb are also beneficial. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: peristalsis?

See below: Peristalsis is a series of organized muscle contractions that occur throughout the digestive tract. Peristalsis is also seen in the tubular organs that connect the kidneys to the bladder.

Peristalsis is an automatic and important process that moves food through the digestive system. It also moves urine from the kidneys into the bladder, and bile from the gallbladder into the duodenum. ...Read more

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What happens to you if peristalsis is too fast or too slow?

What happens to you if peristalsis is too fast or too slow?

Peristalsis: Peristalsis refers to the natural movement of contents of the bowel due to contraction of the muscles of the intestines. If peristalsis is too fast, you have either diarrhea or very frequent bowel movements. If it is too slow, you have constipation. ...Read more

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What does inhibition of peristalsis mean?

What does inhibition of peristalsis mean?

Simplistically...: Movement of gut contents due to muscular activity of the GI tract is defined as "peristalsis." If your's is excessive, acutely increased, or interfering with function then seek evaluation. Inhibition of peristalsis slows the above gut process. ...Read more

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Feeling peristalsis in my womb what does this mean?

Feeling peristalsis in my womb what does this mean?

Movement in pelvis: Sensation of movement in pelvis can be due to many reason, for example: enlarged uterus due to fibroids, adenomyosis, constipation, bladder contractions causing urinary incontinence. Persitalsis can be felt due to bowel movement and being perceived as uterine contractions. ...Read more

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I have no peristalsis in my oesophagus. Can I take fossamax for osteoporosis?

I have no peristalsis in my oesophagus. Can I take fossamax for osteoporosis?

Peristalsis/fosamax: Fosamax (alendronate) is given with a full glass water, while standing not lying down, with instruction not to lay down for 30 minutes due to its potentional for ulceration. There are other products (Reclast, Forteo, Prolia, HRT) on the market for osteoporosis that can be given as injections or are alternative products and may be a better choice in an individual with no peristalsis. Discuss with you doctor ...Read more

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Pediatrics only. Feel rushing fluids and gurgling in 6wk babe. I hv very fast milk she drinks 90 gulps in 90 seconds and full. Causing peristalsis?

Normal:-): 6 week olds have very loud gurgly tummies. I call them "volcano belly". This is normal and is not related to the speed of your milk flow, though yours does sound fast. Persistalsis is the term for the normal movement of the intestines. So yes, the milk is causing peristalsis because it is supposed to. If your baby is gaining weight easily, relax mama and enjoy your 90 second speed feedings. ...Read more

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Will temp illeostomy relieve pain of severe redundant whole colon, while it is still left in, or will the pain persist because of peristalsis in it?

Will temp illeostomy relieve pain of severe redundant whole colon, while it is still left in, or will the pain persist because of peristalsis in it?

I don't think: Temporary ileostomy would have any effect on your pain, even assuming that it is caused by redundant colon. Consult with a gi specialist and a surgeon, but I am not aware of any studies that show temporary ileostomy helps pain from redundant colon. ...Read more

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How does your digestive tract maintain peristalsis?

The small brain!: The largest collection or neurons in the body outside of the"bog" brain is the mesenteric plexus inside your abdomen. It controls movement, the complex secretion of over 50 hormones. Of note:there are more serotonin receptors by five compared to the big brain, for which we use prozac (fluoxetine). In a lecture I once heard two years ago, irritable bowel syndrome was said to be "depression" of the small brain! ...Read more

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Is visible peristalsis always a sign of bowel obstruction?

Is visible peristalsis always a sign of bowel obstruction?

Not always: In slender individuals it can sometimes be seen normally. You are correct that it is often seen in small bowel obstruction. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Iam in 5 week pregenancy I have gaseous bowel with increase peristalsis I have pain what's food help me and what I do?

Iam in 5 week pregenancy I have gaseous bowel with increase peristalsis I have pain what's food help me and what I do?

Pregnancy stomach: Sometimes foods that are more bland, that are less spicy and irritating to the stomach is better tolerated during early pregnancy. The elevated Progesterone levels during pregnancy decreases the bowl motility therefore causing more gas and more bloating. ...Read more

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My 3 year old was diagnosed with prolonged peristalsis. Is there a safe way to slow down the amount of stool that is being produced? She now has diape

GI peristalsis: Is usually stimulated by foods that have a high fiber content, such as the broccoli and cabbage, or foods that pull excess water into the gut, like undigested sugars from excess fruit juices and possibly lactose in milk. A balanced diet is important. Some studies suggest that probiotics or friendly bacteria may help to improve gut bacteria and help digestion. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Ayurvedic herb to increase intestinal peristalsis?

Is it safe to use Ayurvedic herb to increase intestinal peristalsis?

Very safe but...: Unlike western pharmaceuticals, which have been used for a few decades at most, ayurvedic herbs have been used for thousands of years ; have a long record of safety. Triphala is a classic formula to stimulate peristalsis- see http://bit. Ly/1oststx
like all medicines some folks get side effects but it's far safer than most drugs. However, some ayurvedic herbs have heavy metals so choose organic ones. ...Read more

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I'm 6 days postoperative after hemorrhoidectomy. I stopped taking my pain meds B/c of reduced peristalsis. I just drank min oil what now?

Constipated?: Are you taking mineral oil for constipation? Increasing fluids (water, juice, milk) can help with constipation as can adding fiber. Avoid high fat foods until the constipation resolves. As the narcotics get out of your system the constipation should resolve/ ...Read more

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What happens if a person has no peristalsis movement in the gastrointestinal tract?

U will be full of it: Peristalsis is the automatic contraction of smooth muscles to propel contents through the digestive tract. Without it functioning normally, you will not be able to swallow food, and if you manage to get food to the stomach, it will just sit there. Once in the intestine/colon, stools will just sit there as well. Thus making you full-of-it. :-)
i hope you have some peristalsis.
Good day, iwash5.. ...Read more

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Why would there be inadequate peristalsis if tests reveal no autoimmune disorder and no strictures or GERD problems?

Why would there be inadequate peristalsis if tests reveal no autoimmune disorder and no strictures or GERD problems?

Ineffective swallows: Esophageal movement disorders are not as well understood as we would like. Many fall into the "unknown cause" category. I would recommend you carefully review with your GI provider the medications you are taking: narcotics, calcium channel blockers and anticholinergic medications can affect esophageal function. Eosinophilic (allergic) esophagitis can be eliminated by mid-esophageal biopsy. ...Read more

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Assuming they would work, where can I put TENS electrodes to help with opiate-induced constipation? Which nerves stimulate peristalsis?

Assuming they would work, where can I put TENS electrodes to help with opiate-induced constipation? Which nerves stimulate peristalsis?

Physiology, Marilyn: You've got 2 things wrong: Gut muscle is smooth not striated muscle, & peristalsis is intrinsic to the gut, maintained by myenteric plexuses throughout the intestinal walls. Sympathetic NS stimulates it & parasympathetic NS inhibits it. There isn't any one nerve that controls peristalsis. For more information consult any basic physiology textbook. ...Read more

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For problems with inadequate peristalsis (nonspecific neuromuscular problem), is a liquid diet good? Can liquify fruits, veggies, tofu for p.M. Meal

For problems with inadequate peristalsis (nonspecific neuromuscular problem), is a liquid diet good? Can liquify fruits, veggies, tofu for p.M. Meal

Depends: Liquids tend to be easier to digest (as they are pre-digested down), but some neuromuscular problems are due in part to low vitamin B12 levels, and since B12 is in low quantity in vegetarian and especially vegan diets, it would be important to include this important nutrient. Medium-chain triglycerides and Amino Acids might also play a role in supplementation for such a liquid diet. ...Read more

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I need help, is the lack of peristalsis in the esophagus the same as a paralyzed esophagus? If not, what is the medical term for the lack of peristals

I need help, is the lack of peristalsis in the esophagus the same as a paralyzed esophagus? If not, what is the medical term for the lack of peristals

Esophagus: Peristalsis is a coordinated normal contraction of the esophagus as a person swallows. It may sound like the word paralysis but it is a term used to describe a normal way the esophagus contracts and relaxes. The lack of peristalsis can be associated with swallowing difficulty. Physicians will diagnose the underlying causes using tests such as an endoscopy to take a look at the esophagus. ...Read more

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What does it mean? Delayed simultaneous waves, minimum amplitude, failures peristalsis in the proximal esophagus, distal and middle, git transit time 21s.

Motility disorder: This sounds like an esophageal manometry study suggestive of either diffuse esophageal spasm or a subtype of achalasia. Differentiating between the two would require knowledge of whether the lower esophageal sphincter sufficiently relaxes during swallowing. Your gastroenterologist should be able to interpret this for you. If it is achalasia (which I suspect), several treatments are available. ...Read more

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Can a manometry test be false positive for achalasia? Gr son had test dr said achalasia but no "bird beak" low/no peristalsis. Could it be ee or eos?

Can a manometry test be false positive for achalasia? Gr son had test dr said achalasia but no "bird beak" low/no peristalsis. Could it be ee or eos?

Unlikely but: Hi, the manometry is the diagnostic test for achalasia. Imaging tests are usually adjuvant for the diagnosis but are not diagnostic. There are a few subtypes of achalasia that can be only diagnosed by manometry. Can this be eosinophilic esophagitis- yes it can be and this can be easily ruled out by esophageal biopsies, which must already have been done. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can a daily routine (years) of excessive straining on the bowel cause a loss of peristalsis in the colon? What is the chance of diverticulitis?

Can a daily routine (years) of excessive straining on the bowel cause a loss of peristalsis in the colon? What is the chance of diverticulitis?

NO: The straining won't cause loss of normal gut motility, but it could cause anorectal problems, such as hemorrhoids. I suggest you focus on a good, fibre rich diet, good hydration, and add a bulk laxative to your daily regimen. These steps will not only help your bowel function, thus reducing your need to strain, but will also reduce your risk of diverticular disease. Good luck. ...Read more