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Doctor insights on: Thickening Of The Small Intestine

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My CT scan showed distention of the duodenum and possible thickening of the small intestine. What does that mean?

My CT scan showed distention of the duodenum and possible thickening of the small intestine. What does that mean?

Maybe nothing: Why did you have the scan done? A stomach flu might give you those symptoms. If having a lot of pain or other issues you could see a surgeon or GI MD to scope you and they can pass a camera into your duodenum to check ...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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How do you fix thickening of the small intestines?

How do you fix thickening of the small intestines?

Many causes...: Thickening of the intestinal wall described on imaging reports like ct scan can have multiple causes, some of which might require treatment and others that do not. Consult with your treating physician for further recommendations. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can cause thickening of small intestines and what does a radiologist mean by mucosal enhancement?

Small bowel findings: Thickening of the small bowel may suggest an inflammation in the lining in the small intestine. This could be something like Crohn's disease other problems such as infections or celiac disease.

The term mucosal inhancement is a radiographic term that describes the relationship of the lining of the colon to the contrast that you drank. ...Read more

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Does ileitis (inflamed and thickened walls) cause liquid (pus) outside the small intestine? Can the latter carry bacteria? Thanks

Does ileitis (inflamed and thickened walls) cause liquid (pus) outside the small intestine? Can the latter carry bacteria? Thanks

Yes: Ileitis also called Crohn Disease is associated with mucosal inflammation and in some cases abscess formation. You can sometimes expect rectal seepage that can contain bacteria. I hope you are under the care of a gastroenterologist as this can turn out to be more than a simple illness. ...Read more

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How long is the small intestine?

How long is the small intestine?

Varies: 20-30 feet in adults. As a pathologist, I've often wondered why the variability; no one knows. ...Read more

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Where is the small intestine located?

Where is the small intestine located?

Abdomen: The approximately 20 feet of small intestine is coiled up in your abdomen (belly). It starts at the end of your stomach (the actual organ is not the same as your abdomen) and ends where it joins the colon. ...Read more

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Which test looks at the small intestine?

Which test looks at the small intestine?

Several tests: Several tests examine the intestine: endoscopy, exploratory surgery, ct scan, x-ray, gastrograffin enema, ultrasound. Each test is used based upon the clinical presentation and indication. The least invasive and least expensive are x-ray and ultrasound. They also provide the least information. Ct scan provides a lot of info, but requires more radiation. Endoscopy and surgery have more risks. ...Read more

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Desctibe the parts of the small intestine?

Desctibe the parts of the small intestine?

See below: The stomach empties into the first part of the small intestine, the duodenum, where bile and pancreatic enzymes enter for digestion. Next is the jejunum and then the ileum. These are parts of the small intestine that also absorb nutrients & vitamins that then can enter into the blood stream. ...Read more

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What causes an obstruction in the small intestine?

Within and without..: The obstrction can be form something within the lumen (the passage) or within the wall or from externally (within the abdomen but outside the si). With this in mind it is possible to work through the possibilites and reach a conclusion... ...Read more

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How do you look after the health of the small intestine?

How do you look after the health of the small intestine?

Small intestine: Other than eating a nutritious diet with a variety of fresh ingredients and adequate amounts of dietary fiber, there is nothing that you need to do to promote the health of the small intestine. The intestines do not need periodic cleanses or supplements for optimal health. If you're having problems, discuss them with your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: small intestine?

Part of bowel: The small intestine is the intestinal tract that lies between the stomach and the colon. It is involved in digesting and absorbing most of the nutrients we need for our daily functioning. ...Read more

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What amount of the small intestine can be removed safely?

What amount of the small intestine can be removed safely?

Differs among people: Some people can lose a significant length of their intestine and still maintain relatively normal function. Other people can retain their entire intestine length and still have poor function. Historically, adults require about 100cm minimum to function without supplemental fluids or nutrition. However, this depends on presence of large intestine and the valve between the small and large intestine. ...Read more

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What diseases make it hard for the small intestine to function?

What diseases make it hard for the small intestine to function?

Small intestine: There are entire textbooks hundreds of pages long written just on small intestinal diseases. It would be hard to pinpoint whatever it is you're looking for. Can you rephrase your question? ...Read more

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How much of the small intestine can be removed safely if damaged?

All but 150-200cm: All the intestine can be removed. However, most adults need to keep at least 150 to 200 cms of small intestine to maintain enough function to avoid complications such as dehydration, severe diarrhea, and vitamin/mineral deficiencies. When you have less than that amount, you may require supplemental IV fluids of nutrition into the vein. Some patients receive intestine transplant, if necessary. ...Read more

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Please help, how much of the small intestine can be removed safely?

All but 150-200 cm: All the intestine can be removed. However, most adults need to keep at least 150 to 200 cm of small intestine to maintain enough function to avoid complications such as dehydration, severe diarrhea, and vitamin/mineral deficiencies. When you have less than that amount, you may require supplemental IV fluids of nutrition into the vein. Some patients receive intestine transplant, if necessary. ...Read more

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What does a 'boggy' small intestine mean? What could that be a condition of? Ty!

What does a 'boggy' small intestine mean? What could that be a condition of?  Ty!

Boggy: Usually we call boggy as loose or flaccid, lacking tone — in regard to the smooth muscle of the small bowl. A common condition of this is an ileus, immotility. If this is occurring there maybe a problem with the enteric system of the gut. ...Read more

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My small intestine feels all knotted and backed up. What tests do they do for that?

Knotted bowels: Intussuseption occurs when bowel folds into itself; volvulus is when bowels become twisted--both may result in "knotting" & are emergent conditions. The sensation may also result from autonomic dysfunction with slow transit, dysmotility syndromes, & gut spasms. These situations are distinguished from bowel obstruction. ...Read more

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If you stretched out the small intestine of an adult, approximately how long would it be?

6.9 m: The average length of the small intestine in an adult human male is 6.9 m (22 feet 6 inches), and in an adult female 7.1 m (23 feet 4 inches). It can vary greatly, from as short as 4.6 m (15 feet) to as long as 9.8 m (32 feet). ...Read more

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Segmentation in the small intestine is promoted by what?

Segmentation in the small intestine is promoted by what?

Intestinal motility: Segmentation contractions are a mixing type of intestinal motility characteristic of the small and large bowel. Here's a YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yMTmoZhemQ ...Read more

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How does orlistat damage small intestine?

How does orlistat damage small intestine?

It doesn't: Orlistat doesn't damage small intestines. All it does is to block lipase, the enzymes that degrades fats in the duodenum causing fatty diarrhea eventually leading to weight loss due to fat malabsorption. ...Read more

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What does a kink in your small intestine mean?

Nothing: Unless you are having symptoms of bowel obstruction. Usually the kink is due to prior abdominal surgery and adhesions. The obstruction can be partial, intermittent or complete, the latter usually requiring surgical correction and the former two usual respond to bowel rest in the hospital for 1-3 days. ...Read more

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How are cysts found in the small intestine treated?

How are cysts found in the small intestine treated?

Cysts in the: Small intestine are uncommon. Enteric duplication cysts, which are congenital anomalies, can occur anywhere along the GI tract. Usually these are asymptomatic, incidental findings on imaging studies and require no treatment. If they cause problems due to obstruction they can be surgically removed. ...Read more

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Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

Only rarely: Inflammation can cause bleeding, blockage or can allow a hole with a leak to occur. This is almost always in the large intestine. It can cause a big abscess reaction and the reaction of the body to wall this off might trap the small intestine and kink or block it. ...Read more

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Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

Could diverticulitis cause a blocked small intestine?

Rarely: If there is enough inflammation or infection from diverticulitis, then rarely the small intestine can become attached to the colon and secondarily become inflamed or kinked in the reaction. I have seen this occur on rare occaision. So typically a small bowel obstruction would not occur in diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Small Intestine (Definition)

The small intestine is the intestinal tract that lies between the stomach and the colon. It is involved in digesting and absorbing most of the nutrients we need ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

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