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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 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

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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Will an enterography test show transist time of the large intestine and colon?

Will an enterography test show transist time of the large intestine and colon?

Well: Will usually not. Usually motility time is check by nuclear medicine scan or an x-ray where you swallow tablets that are x-rayed to time how long they take to through your GI tract ...Read more

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Is the colon the large intestine or the whole one?

Is the colon the large intestine or the whole one?

Colon = large intest: The colon is the last 5 feet or so of your intestines, from the rectum to the cecum, and it has altogether different functions, appearance and use than the rest of your intestines. ...Read more

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Is the large intestine the colon or something else?

Is the large intestine the colon or something else?

Yes, it is colon & -: Large intestine includes- cecum, colon (ascending, transverse, descending), and rectum. ...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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Hi there. What's the difference between the colon, the bowel and the large intestine? They all appear to be the same long tube. Confused!

Hi there. What's the difference between the colon, the bowel and the large intestine? They all appear to be the same long tube. Confused!

Bowel: The colon is the same as the large intestine which includes the ascending colon, transverse colon and descending colon and sigmoid colon. Bowel includes the small bowel or small intestine and large bowel or large intestine. ...Read more

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I've had hard stool blocking my colon for many months and nothing seems to work to completely clear my entire large intestine. What can I take?

I've had hard stool blocking my colon for many months and nothing seems to work to completely clear my entire large intestine. What can I take?

Evaluation needed...: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...Read more

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My doctor warned me of doing colonscopy as it would rupture my large intestine accidently Colon cancer is in the family and I want to check myself?

My doctor warned me of doing colonscopy as it would rupture my large intestine accidently
Colon cancer is in the family and I want to check myself?

Can , but rare: At 26 to have a colonoscopy there are specific indications you don't have any symptoms, surveillance colonoscopy is done after the age of 40. Is a relatively safe procedure must be done by a trained physician Yes older members of your family are candidates for procedure ...Read more

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I have blood in stool. A lot of bloating. I feel the blood is from small intestine not colon. Is there any way doctor can tell if it's from small or large intestine?

I have blood in stool. A lot of bloating. I feel the blood is from small intestine not colon. Is there any way doctor can tell if it's from small or large intestine?

Bloody BM: Blood in your bowel movements should be characterized. Is it blood streaked. Small bowel bleeding usually causes black bowel movements unless you are having a large bleed. A colonoscopy can easily rule out colonic bleed. A Pill Cam can take photos of your entire small intestine ...Read more

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Wat can be causes of constipation. X-ray showed where large intestine (colon) starts. Stool very thick mushy. Messy on t/p clean up?

Diet: Most causes of constipation are diet related. Getting enough fiber to make stools move through easily is not too difficult, but must be attended. Raw crunchy vegetables, whole grains, many fruits (peaches, plums, pears, pineapple, apricots, strawberries, etc) are helpful. Too much milk or dairy in relation to the remainder of the diet will constipate. ...Read more

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I've had part of colon removed due to cancer and ever since I have had very large bowel movements. Why is this?

I've had part of colon removed due to cancer and ever since I have had very large bowel movements.  Why is this?

Change of habits: Removing a segment of colon will not severely affect your bowel movements, most likely since surgery you are eating more fibre, besides large bm is better getting constipated. ...Read more

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Does having rather large bowel movements (ever since I was a teenager) make me more prone to colon cancer by stretching my colon or something?

Does having rather large bowel movements (ever since I was a teenager) make me more prone to colon cancer by stretching my colon or something?

NO: Your family history is a major factor but NOT your colon size! Colon Cancer is a PREVENTABLE disease. Your Primary Care Provider will tell you when to begin appropriate screening tests!

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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Can mild thickening and fat in wall of large bowel including sigmoid colon and right colon on CT scan be normal?

Can mild thickening and fat in wall of large bowel including sigmoid colon and right colon on CT scan be normal?

Yes: While fat within the intestinal wall is often thought of as a reliable marker for inflammatory bowel disease, studies have shown that in the absence of clinical or other radiologic evidence of inflammatory bowel disease, the presence of fat in the intestinal wall may represent a normal finding. There is also thought to be some association with obesity. ...Read more

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I am 60 yr old female, and often feel a slight movement in my abdomen. Could it just be my colon, or intestines moving? It's always on the left side.

I am 60 yr old female, and often feel a slight movement in my abdomen. Could it just be my colon, or intestines moving? It's always on the left side.

Peristalsis?: It could be simple peristalsis which is your bowel muscle contracting as it pushes intestinal contents along your digestive tract. If you're concerned let your dr. Know and get a good physical exam. Best wishes. ...Read more

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After surgery 14mos ago to remove rt colon and sm part of intestine. I have severe pain on left side upper abdomen and swelling. With burning sensatio?

After surgery 14mos ago to remove rt colon and sm part of intestine. I have severe pain on left side upper abdomen and swelling. With burning sensatio?

See your doctor: As unfortunately the symptoms you describe could be related to so many issues that can't be accurately determined without more information, the chance to examine you and possible testing. I would strongly encourage you to seek help in person when any symptoms is "severe". ...Read more

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What do you think? I have visited the ER twice last week for severe lower back and abdomen pain it has became untolerable.Finally, a catscan showed an inflamed colon and intestines, I am also experiencing weakness, dizziness, and sometimes uncontrollable

What do you think? I have visited the ER twice last week for severe lower back and abdomen pain it has became untolerable.Finally, a catscan showed an inflamed colon and intestines, I am also experiencing weakness, dizziness, and sometimes uncontrollable

Pain out of: Proportion to physical findings is classic presentation for ischemic colitis. Do you have any vascular disease or cardiac arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation? This is something potentially serious. You need to get to a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Persistent pain in abdomen for 6 month, around transverse colon and small intestine, worried could it be colon cancer?, r there other reasons for pain?

Persistent pain in abdomen for 6 month, around transverse colon and small intestine, worried could it be colon cancer?, r there other reasons for pain?

Colon cancer...: Colon cancer seldom causes pain, ; would be unusual for an otherwise low risk gentleman in his 20s. There are lots of reasons for abdominal pain (see the many healthtap answers on the subject). However, the information you provided is insufficient to render a differential since we don't know the quality, timing, duration, severity of your symptoms, associations, nor the results of testing. Help us out--. ...Read more

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Can colon or bowel cancer cause a slight "fluttery" feeling any or both sides of the abdomen? If not, what can cause this? Anxiety?

Can colon or bowel cancer cause a slight "fluttery" feeling any or both sides of the abdomen? If not, what can cause this? Anxiety?

Colon cancer: There are so many other reasons on a young 34-year old female that I would consider before thinking of cancer. Anxiety, IBS, GYN related issue, infective, malabsorption, gastritis. Too many to list I would recommend follow up with a family or Internist. ...Read more

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I had a colon resection a month and a half ago. Lately when I have a bowel movement I get pain in my lower back and abdomen. Any ideas?

I had a colon resection a month and a half ago. Lately when I have a bowel movement I get pain in my lower back and abdomen. Any ideas?

Yes: You want to let your surgeon know about this. He/she did the resection and must know about it. Better be safe and good luck. Hopefully nothing serious. ...Read more

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1 week ago, I had change in bowel movement(looser stools, still continuing) and pain in left abdomen(not severe, improves). Is it colon cancer?19years

1 week ago, I had change in bowel movement(looser stools, still continuing) and pain in left abdomen(not severe, improves). Is it colon cancer?19years

Very unlikely: It is very unlikely that you have colon cancer. If loose stools persist for more than a week, it would be prudent to see your doctor.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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Woried abdomen CT scan may have missed any defects I may have with colon because colon was full of stool (needed to empty bowel but couldn't).

CT likely adequate: The radiologist who read your CT was likely able to see everything that is possible to see on a CT even with stool in your bowel. CT can not see small defects in the bowel wall, and often can miss polyps even with an empty colon. If you did not receive a diagnosis from the CT, and are having bowel problems, I would recommend consulting with a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Went to chile and had colon/intestinal lower abdomen pain, high fever, only happened after I drank tap water. What are some possible causes?

Went to chile and had colon/intestinal lower abdomen pain, high fever, only happened after I drank tap water. What are some possible causes?

Amoebiasis: A very large percentage of travels to this region of the world are exposed to entamoeba histolytica. Traveler's diarrhea is, however, due to e. Coli. Woudl definitely go and get your stool examined for amoebiasis and treated if positive since extraintestinal disease with this protozoan can be very severe. ...Read more

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Colon cancer with hypoactive bowel sounds, distended abdomen, hypoactive bowel sounds, no bowel movement 2 days?

Call your Dr now: Hopefully this is transient, but the description provided is concerning for bowel obstruciton which can in turn lead to serious complications. ...Read more

Large Bowel (Definition)

Large bowel, or large intestine connects terminal ileum of small bowel to rectum. Begins at the ileo-cecal valve and comprises cecum, ascendind, transverse, descending and sigmoid colon. Resposible for: 1) intestinal water resorption of ingested fluids, gastric & small intestinal digestive juices. 2) transporting end products of digestion & bacterial waste ...Read more


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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