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Small Bowel (Overview)

Small bowel refers to the small intestine. This is the portion of the intestine immediately after the stomach.


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What is transit time (hours) through the small bowel?

What is transit time (hours) through the small bowel?

Variable: The transit time in the bowel can vary from person to person and with diet. The normal small bowel transit time has been shown to vary from 15 min to up to 5 hours. ...Read more

Small Bowel (Overview)

Small bowel refers to the small intestine. This is the portion of the intestine immediately after the stomach.


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What is the definition or description of: small bowel?

What is the definition or description of: small bowel?

Small bowel: Small bowel refers to the small intestine. This is the portion of the intestine immediately after the stomach. ...Read more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Don't be embarrassed to discuss with your healthcare professional.
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Avoid trigger foods and activities.
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Use over the counter bulking agents like fiber.
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Use over the counter antidiarrheals.
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Can you tell me how long it takes the small bowel to die off ?

Can you tell me how long it takes the small bowel to die off ?

Several hrs.: Death of small bowel is a vascular phenomenon. If blood suuply is lost from surgical compromise of blood supply or a thrombus, the bowel will die within seversl hrs. If there is a question of compromise in blood supply but bowel still looks viable by Methylene Blue injection into blood supply then one may re explore in 24 hrs. To evaluate status of bowel for resection or not. ...Read more

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Would you advise bowel removal for a six cm stricture of the small bowel?

Would you advise bowel removal for a six cm stricture of the small bowel?

Depends: How narrow is the lumen at the site of stricture? What caused the stricture? Do you have any symptoms of intestinal obstruction? If what caused the stricture has abated and you do not have intestinal symptoms, you may wait and watch. ...Read more

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What is the scientifically accepted (based on studies) transit time range for the small bowel?

What is the scientifically accepted (based on studies) transit time range for the small bowel?

Varies: Small bowel transit time vary among people depending on multiple factors. From your listed conditions it sounds like a Bowel Transit Study may have been ordered. I found this article easy to read and hope it answers your question. http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/digestion/basics/transit.html ...Read more

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What does small bowel reflux mean?

What does small bowel reflux mean?

Biliary reflux: Biliary reflux, bile reflux or duodenogastric reflux is a condition that occurs when bile flows upward (refluxes) from the duodenum into the stomach and esophagus. While bile reflux involves fluid from the small intestine flowing into the stomach and esophagus, acid reflux is back flow of stomach acid into the esophagus. SEE: http://bit.ly/1CERl6k ...Read more

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Does colonoscopy reach the small bowel?

Does colonoscopy reach the small bowel?

Yes: A complete colonoscopy reaches the most distal part of the small bowel. When the colonoscopy is being done to evaluate for small bowel conditions, like crohn's disease, the operator will go into the small bowel and take biopsies. ...Read more

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What occurs during a small bowel series?

What occurs during a small bowel series?

See answer: This procedure is simple for you. You drink barium in a special liquid so that it coats your small bowel. The barium usually takes about 1 1/2 hours to pass through your small bowel (intestine). It can take awhile (sometimes over 3 hours) for the barium to move through your intestines so be prepared to be there awhile. During this time, multiple x-ray images will be taken. ...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


Bowel (Definition)

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