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I have a severely redundant colon that is also permantly distended by gas, why can stool slowly get through but the gas does not, it goes backwards?

I have a severely redundant colon that is also permantly distended by gas, why can stool slowly get through but the gas does not, it goes backwards?

Different processes: Passage of gas is more mechanical process than passage of stool that requires active peristalsis in your colon to pass BM. If you haven't done it, you should have a GI consult for an endoscopic exam for proper diagnosis and management. Use OTC meds for gas and diet modification (avoid beans, cauliflower) in the meantime. ...Read more

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Dr. James Krick
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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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What percentage of people ha ve a redundant colon?

What percentage of people ha ve a redundant colon?

A fair amount: The percentage it is not known, since this finding is subjective, and depending how difficult the colonoscopy was. Percentage is probably around 5% of colonoscopies. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a redundant colon be related to colitis?

Please tell me, could a redundant colon be related to colitis?

Not directly: Redundant colon can cause bacterial overgrowth in rare cases that can lead to colitis. One is a structural problem, the other is a mucosal problem, of the colon. ...Read more

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What foods should I eat if I have a tortuous and redundant colon ?

What foods should I eat if I have a tortuous and redundant colon ?

Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free. ...Read more

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My mom has a redundant colon- is that usually found in the ascending or descending part of the colon?

My mom has a redundant colon- is that usually found in the ascending or descending part of the colon?

Anywhere: Redundant colon can be anywhere. Usually you have about 6 feet of colon. Redundant colon is just more than 6 feet, like 7 or 8 feet. Most common I have seen has been transverse colon, then descending colon. ...Read more

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Could u recommend some body having redundant colon to have colon surgery by fearing that some day it could happen colon twisting?

Could u recommend some body having redundant  colon to have colon surgery by fearing that some day it could happen colon twisting?

Volvulus is...: ...Colon obstruction brought about by twisting of the colon. While having "redundant colon" may be a common factor in people who develop volvulus, we never recommend surgery for this condition unless they have had a documented episode of obstruction. Stated another way, many people have redundant colon (esp in the elderly and/or chronic constipation) but few develop volvulus. ...Read more

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What causes very long, tortious colon with slow colonic transit, per sitzmarks (over half left in 5 days)? Does psyllium fiber cause redundant colon?

Yes: Fiber is healthy for general health and is helpful with colon function (i.e. Constipation). However, as with all good things there is another aspect. One side effect of a high fiber diet is enlargement and elongation of the colon. This can result in side effects like colon malrotation or torsion. Please know a low fiber diet leads to diverticula formation and the increased risk of diverticulitis. ...Read more

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I have a severely redundant colon that is also permantly distended by gas, why can stool slowly get through but the gas does not, it goes backwards?

Different processes: Passage of gas is more mechanical process than passage of stool that requires active peristalsis in your colon to pass BM. If you haven't done it, you should have a GI consult for an endoscopic exam for proper diagnosis and management. Use OTC meds for gas and diet modification (avoid beans, cauliflower) in the meantime. ...Read more

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Had an incomplete colonoscopy due to a redundant colon. Going for a barium enema now . If polyps are discovered in that area how can they be removed?

Had an incomplete colonoscopy due to a redundant colon. Going for a barium enema now . If polyps are discovered in that area how can they be removed?

Options include:: ...A retry at colonoscopy under deeper sedation with altered technique and/or by a different physician. Surgery is another choice, appropriate to size, location, extent of polyps.. ...Read more

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What do u think be the reason for a person having redundant colon suffering from flatulence that could unable to control gas properly?And its solut/n?

What do u think be the reason for a person having redundant colon suffering from flatulence that could unable to control gas properly?And its solut/n?

Redundant colon: Describes a large intestine longer than normal with repetitive, overlapping loops. This is a normal anatomic variation that causes no symptoms and needs no treatment. It may be discovered by x-ray done for other reasons. Rarely, it causes a serious complication if it twists around itself (volvulus). ...Read more

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I have a severely redundant colon that is also permantly distended by gas, why can stool slowly get through but the gas does not, it goes backwards?


I have a severely redundant colon that is also permantly distended by gas, why can stool slowly get through but the gas does not, it goes backwards?

Gravity: Gas is lighter than air and tends to go up especially in a distended colon. The stool moves down because of peristalsis, movement, of the colons muscles. ...Read more

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So my colon.Showed redundant colon and i had what they told me was a "moderate cancer risk sessile polyp" i eat healthy no ca in family im only27, why?

Many reasons: I would worry about familial polyposis or lynch syndrome. You should have a repeat colonoscopy in a year. Someone should evaluate your family history and see if you might be a candidate for genetic testing. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take 1Tbs of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) nightly to maintain regularity?are there any dangers or downsides as it seems fine. I have a redundant colon

Is it ok to take 1Tbs of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) nightly to maintain regularity?are there any dangers or downsides as it seems fine. I have a redundant colon

Probably safe: Of all the OTC laxatives, MOM is quite non toxic so long as you follow the recommended dose and have no kidney excretion issues. Fiber, exercise and sufficient fluids are also recommended :) ...Read more

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Does a person have a tendency to be suffered from flatulence, IBS and passing gas b/c of having redundant colon?If not what are the basic reasons?

Does a person have a tendency to be suffered from flatulence, IBS and passing gas b/c of having redundant colon?If not what are the basic reasons?

No: Redundant colon is a common finding of no clinical significance. People can have irritable bowel, chronic constipation or intermittent diarrhea without a redundant colon. Surgery does not help. Most flatulance is from swallowed gases. Avoid soda drinks, eat more fruits & vegetables, avoid junk foods & greasy foods, try adding fiber like metamucil & adding probiotics in your diet. Exercise. ...Read more

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Redundant colon,candidate for elective colon resection. Linzess, miralax no help. Milk of mag or Sennokot 2-3x week helps.Use instead of surgery?

Redundant colon,candidate for elective colon resection. Linzess, miralax no help. Milk of mag or Sennokot  2-3x week helps.Use instead of surgery?

Chronic constipation: Most often, surgery is only considered as a last resort. For some people, having a bowel movement 2 to 3 times per week is normal. If you are able to achieve this using milk of magnesia, then I would not consider surgery at this time. It is always possible to have complications of surgery, and in your situation, it doesn't sound absolutely necessary. Fiber and hydration are key. Good luck. ...Read more

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A colonscopy is done for small girl due to chronic constipation. They took biopsy , no polyp found. What is expected finding beside redundant colon?

Constipation: The biopsy was likely done to look at the nerve supply to her colon. There is a problem with the colon called Hirschsprung's disease where the patient has no ganglion or nerve cells of parts or the entire large intestine. The intestine is unable to function properly and causes constipation. If the innervation is normal, often years of constipation will cause weakness of muscles used for stooling. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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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