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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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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I had a CT scan with result: diffuse bowel wall thickening in the rectosigmoid colon. Is this serious ?

I had a CT scan with result: diffuse bowel wall thickening in the rectosigmoid colon. Is this serious ?

You need a diagnosis: Diffuse bowel wall thickening in the rectosigmoid can be caused by diverticulosis, which is benign. It can be caused by inflammation (colitis) or ischemia, which is more serious. It can also be caused by cancer. You need to have this followed up to obtain a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Recently had a colonoscopy and the report states very tight rectosigmoid, diffiicult colon and single diverticulum noted. What does all this mean.

Recently had a colonoscopy and the report states very tight rectosigmoid, diffiicult colon and single diverticulum noted. What does all this mean.

Need more info: Kath - the most concerning thing from what you are describing is "tight". It sounds like a stricture. The stricture is from chronic inflammation or a cancer. In either event, you are 44 years old. I would highly consider removing his part of your colon given these two findings. Please speak with your doctor further or with a surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the difference between recto-sigmoid colon vs recto-sigmoid junction?

What is the difference between recto-sigmoid colon vs recto-sigmoid junction?

Terminology: The junction is the area where the colon and the rectum meet and the recto-sigmoid colon is basically that small part of the colon above it. ...Read more

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What does it mean when there's an area of mild congested mucosa in recto-sigmoid colon?

Mucosal congestion: This means that there is some swelling and inflammation that is going on - kind of similar to what is going on in your sinuses when you're having a cold. I would not worry too much over that if it is the only thing found to be abnormal. The doc who discovered should be able to help you treating it if it is what is causing your symptoms. In most cases, it would be expected to be asymptomatic. ...Read more

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How common is loopy colons?

 How common  is loopy colons?

How loopy: most of people older than sixty and used to take a lot of laxatives, and used to strain, and suffered from constipation will have loopy colon, is more common than you think. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a question regarding collapsing colons?

What to do if I have a question regarding collapsing colons?

You can ask it on: Healthap. Please submit a clear & specific question about colons. Clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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Is colon cleasing safe?

NO, don't do it!!!: This has been addressed many times on healthtap, and the repeated answer is: don't cleanse! it doesn't matter whether the snake oil (sorry "detox cleanse") you choose is "organic" or not--there is no enduring value to "cleansing" your gut without a doctor's advice. What toxins? Rather, there is considerable risk to your health. Pull the prior healthtap answers on this subject, and please don't! ...Read more

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Signs of a colon problem?

Signs of a colon problem?

Many and varied: Depending on the problem, signs can include nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, bleeding from the rectum, abdominal cramping, weight loss or gain or no symptoms at all. If you suspect some sort of problem with your colon, see your doc right away for an examination and evaluation. ...Read more

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I am scared of the colon prep ?

Agree wDr. Himes: This shouldn't be a scary endeavor. The biggest thing to remember is that you mean to be near a bathroom once the medications take effect. ...Read more

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What is the function of the colon?

Large intestine: The colon (large intestine, large bowel) removes water, salt, and some nutrients forming stool. Muscles line the colon's walls, squeezing its contents along. Billions of bacteria coat the colon and its contents, living in a healthy balance with the body. Ref: http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/picture-of-the-colon#1 ...Read more

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What causes no air pockets in colon?

What causes no air pockets in colon?

Please specify: Please be a little clearer with your question. It sounds like you may be talking about diverticulosis, small weak areas of the colon wall. This is caused by chronic constipation and is very common in the american population, particularly as we age. If not, ? ...Read more

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Why might your colon need to be removed?

Why might your colon need to be removed?

Colectomy : It is unusual to need to remove the entire colon, usually only necessary due to significant inflammation or infarction. Portions of the colon are frequently removed due to tumors, polyps, diverticula, or perforation. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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No colon and consipated?

No colon and consipated?

It is very possible: If you don't drink enough fluids more of the liquid in the small intestine is absorbed and at the breaking point - viola constipation. It is not frequent but can be very uncomfortable and even painful. The small intestine is not as large and after the pouch is filled -- it hurts. Good luck & drink enough fluids. ...Read more

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What is a colon cleanse?

What is a colon cleanse?

You don't need it: Your colon keeps itself clean naturally. If someone tells you that you may feel sick because of "toxic bowel settlement" or something similar and that you need a fancy laxative or bizarre enema, ignore that person. Please be careful. If you buy into the idea of needing to do weird things to "cleanse" yourself, you'll never feel well again. Find an evidence-based holist instead. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What's a hypotonic colon?

What's a hypotonic colon?

Slow: Hypotonic colon means slow intestinal activity of the large intestine. Can result in an enlarged colon & likely chronic constipation. ...Read more

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What is colon malignancy?

What is colon malignancy?

Type of cancer: The most common colon malignancy is an adenocarcinoma. These usually arise from a pre-existing polyp called an adenoma. These tumors require surgical resection and possibly further treatment depending on the stage of the tumor which depends on depth of invasion as well as lymph node status and whether or not there is a metastasis. ...Read more

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Does oatmeal cleanse colon?

Does oatmeal cleanse colon?

High in fiber: Eating oatmeal will add a lot of fiber to your diet which in turn will keep your bowels more regular. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
12 doctors shared insights

Colonic (Definition)

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