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What are the things that can be done to intestines to increase surface area?

What are the things that can be done to intestines to increase surface area?

Reduce inflammation: Its estimated that the small intestine alone has enough surface area to cover between 14 to 20 tennis courts. As such, reduction of intestinal surface area over which to digest and absorb food results in malabsorption. This is often seen with inflammatory conditions like crohn's, celiac disease. Infectious processes may also "blunt" the intestinal villi so surface area drops--as in tropical sprue. ...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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What are the things needs to reduced the belly?

What are the things needs to reduced the belly?

DIet and exercise: Sounds like the same old boring thing. But, by losing weight the extra cells added to that area of your body will be removed. Lastly, strengthening exercises for both the back and the abdominal wall per se will tone and strengthen the entire area. Good luck to all of us thanks. Thanks for asking, it will always be a great question. ...Read more

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What are the foods to be eating that can reduce cholestol in the body?

What are the foods to be eating that can reduce cholestol in the body?

Healthy diet: Eat vegetables, lean meat or fish, low glycemic index carbonhydrates, avoid fried food and exercise. ...Read more

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How can the structure of matter be applied to healthcare? Any/all ways are fine.

How can the structure of matter be applied to healthcare? Any/all ways are fine.

The structure of: Matter cannot be applied to healthcare. Healthcare is a word, thus has no matter. The finer details of physics are applied at the higest level especially when considering an MRI machine, molecular biology and gene research, etc; you are an abstract one arent you? ...Read more

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Why is it that some micro nerves have to be cut in foot and ankle surgery in order to get to the bones. N can such nerves be repaired or fixed?

Why is it that some micro nerves have to be cut in foot and ankle surgery in order to get to the bones. N can such nerves be repaired or fixed?

Surgery is an injury: Whenever an incision is made, even small portals for arthroscopic surgery, there is injury caused by the surgeon. As far as nerves, we are very aware of the anatomical location of "important" nerves and rarely cause unintended injury. Very small nerves may be cut but these normally heal. ...Read more

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What are all the things that contribute to your ability to see?

What are all the things that contribute to your ability to see?

General health: Vision requires the anatomical apparatus that we call the eye, it requires adequate light, it requires proper neural connections to the part of the brain that registers vision and it requires proper development of the visual system as the person grows up. In addition clear imagery requires proper eyeglasses and proper general health. ...Read more

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What are the conditions that can make you have blood in the stool (bright red)?

What are the conditions that can make you have blood in the stool (bright red)?

Several: diverticula, rectal lining tears, hemorrhoids, colitis, polyps and most worrisome tumors. If having bright red blood per rectum it should be checked by your physician to find the exact etiology. So you can relax and not worry. ...Read more

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What can cause the swelling of the retina nerves? And what can be the solution for this swelling to get them back to normal?

What can cause the swelling of the  retina nerves? And what can be the solution for this swelling to get them back to normal?

Retinal nerves: You MUST see your eye specialist soon! Don't worry too much - I have been wearing glasses since I was age 6 - now age 71. It has never been a problem, including year one where I had trouble with 5 pair of glasses. ...Read more

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What do you consider to be the best test/scan that is able to identify the fewest number of existing dividing cancer cells?

What do you consider to be the best test/scan that is able to identify the fewest number of existing dividing cancer cells?

It depends on Diagno: We are still quite limited in detecting microscopic presence of Cancer cells except in some of the blood cancers. In solid tumors we still rely on CT scan or PET/CT scans as the best tests, which can only reveal tumors that are over a few milimmeters(1 cm or above, typically can be detected) ...Read more

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Is it true, the lung cavity need to be removed by surgery? What happen if it stay in the lung? Are there any other ways to remove it?

No: Most cavities are caused by infection and thus are treated with antibiotics. If the cavity is large and erodes into an artery then yes, you may need surgery or if it's a stage one cancer, surgery can be of benefit. ...Read more

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Can there be a way to reduce or stop fluid gathering in the feet due to bone and liver cancer?

Can there be a way to reduce or stop fluid gathering in the feet due to bone and liver cancer?

It depends on your m: A great deal depends on your medical situation. So your oncologist can guide you. There are ways to reduce or get rid of fluid collections any where in the body. This may be possible with diuretics, better nutrition(you need adequate amount of proteins in your blood) and sometimes by managing the cause of the fluid accummulation which can be compression caused by the tumors. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can be done to prevent cyst in your breast?

Is there anything that can be done to prevent cyst in your breast?

Maybe some OCP's: Breast cysts form in response to the hormonal changes during monthly menstrual cycles. The cysts are the cumulative result of years of cycles, so symptoms increase over the years and resolve after menopause. Some oral contraceptive pills may help by altering the hormonal balance. The other "causes" listed on the internet (animal fat, sugar, caffeine, carbohydrates, emotions, etc...) are unproven. ...Read more

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What are foods that can be used simply for filling up your stomach?

What are foods that can be used simply for filling up your stomach?

Bulky foods: Raw vegetables, unbuttered popcorn, rice cakes, water, fresh fruits. The bigger question is: why do you want to fill up your stomach? Is it to try to shut off a "hungry" signal? Is it to avoid eating? Is there some other reason, like wanting to avoid eating high-calorie foods, so that you lose weight? If you feel you need to fill your stomach, you can also do something else -- walk, yoga. ...Read more

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I have a hole in muscle wall of rectum which I can feel through vagina. need to apply pressure to go to the toilet is this something that can be fixed?

I have a hole in muscle wall of rectum which I can feel through vagina. need to apply pressure to go to the toilet is this something that can be fixed?

Rectovaginal fistula: Your description sounds like you might have a rectovaginal fistula. You need to be evaluated by a physician to confirm this diagnosis and discuss treatment. Treatment is surgical. Yes, in answer to your questions, if this is indeed what you have discovered it can be fixed. ...Read more

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Sodium deficiency and fluid on the lungs, what are things that need to be done?

Sodium deficiency and fluid on the lungs, what are things that need to be done?

Manage lung disease: Low sodium level frequently occurs due to lung disease. The fluids around the lungs need to be managed. If corrected, the the sodium will be corrected. For instance, if pneumonia or infection of pleura are treated then the fluid will resolve and sodium too. Taking more sodium/salt by mouth is the wrong approach. Also, cancer of the lungs can cause this picture. Discuss findings with your doctor. ...Read more

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Occasional Vertigo with nuesia which doctor i should see and which are the tests to be done to know the exact cause? Can be connected to depprsion?

Occasional Vertigo with nuesia which  doctor i should see and which are the tests to be done to know the exact cause?  Can be connected to depprsion?

Primary care doc 1st: See your PCP first, who knows your history. After evaluation, a referral to the appropriate specialist can then be made. ...Read more

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Can stress plus broken nerves/nf lead to fatty lumps that can sprout anywhere on the body.I know that nerve damage and nf can but can stress be factor?

Can stress plus broken nerves/nf lead to fatty lumps that can sprout anywhere on the body.I know that nerve damage and nf can but can stress be factor?

Probably not much: Neurofibromatosis type 1 is a condition where you can develop many skin bumps - neurofibromas - over time. Stress is less a factor than hormones - puberty and, for women, childbearing are when more neurofibromas pop up. Time is another major factor - you just get more as you get older. The nerves are not broken. Here's a good discussion site: http://www.Inspire.Com/groups/neurofibromatosis-network. ...Read more

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Can there be any exercises that can be done to relax the eyes?

Can there be any exercises that can be done to relax the eyes?

Yes: Gently close them for 2 or 3 minutes. It works wonders. ...Read more

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What are the things that can be done to intestines to increase surface area?

Reduce inflammation: Its estimated that the small intestine alone has enough surface area to cover between 14 to 20 tennis courts. As such, reduction of intestinal surface area over which to digest and absorb food results in malabsorption. This is often seen with inflammatory conditions like crohn's, celiac disease. Infectious processes may also "blunt" the intestinal villi so surface area drops--as in tropical sprue. ...Read more

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If inguinal hernia involves dealing with the intestines.. why did they make an incision above my bikini area. 2 months when i got this done back in 98?

If inguinal hernia involves dealing with the intestines.. why did they make an incision above my bikini area. 2 months when i got this done back in 98?

Misinformed?: A hernia is a defect in the abdominal or pelvic muscles. It is not a defect in the intestines. The intestines push through the muscle defect. The incisions to fix a hernia is made near to where the muscle defect is. ...Read more

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Is it possible while having a colonoscopy done to hit/touch the lumbar spine area ? I had infusion surgery to l3, L4 and L5 in april. A couple of weeks ago i had a colonoscopy done and since that time my intestines feel somewhat sore expecially when i hav

Is it possible while having a colonoscopy done to hit/touch the lumbar spine area ? I had infusion surgery to l3, L4 and L5 in april. A couple of weeks ago i had a colonoscopy done and since that time my intestines feel somewhat sore expecially when i hav

It : It is not likely. During a colonoscopy, the scope is inserted into the rectum and into the colon, and there is much space between the colon and lumbar spine. Any complications with your back would have been felt immediately post procedure if any part of your body was traumatized. It sounds like you have a sensitive back injury of your lumbar spine, and you should see your doctor to investigate this pain, since your surgery was not too long ago. ...Read more

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What is done for a stone in the intestine?

What is done for a stone in the intestine?

Gallstone Ileus?: Hmm...I might be guessing a bit here...Are you referring to a gallstone in the intestinal tract? Very, very rarely, the gallbladder can rupture and then erode into a loop of intestine; this is called a cholecystenteric fistula. Gallstones within the gb can then enter the intestine and cause a small bowel obstruction, typically at the junction of the small and large bowel. ...Read more

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My son has bile backed up in his intestines we done mirilax for six months now he is getting pain what do I do?

My son has bile backed up in his intestines we done mirilax for six months now he is getting pain what do I do?

See below: If the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is not working, the dose may need to be increased. However, if in a lot of pain, he may need an inpatient clean out. Talk to your doc. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy done today and doc said he had a hard time getting to my small intestines and had to use forceps, why would've it been hard?

I had a colonoscopy done today and doc said he had a hard time getting to my small intestines and had to use forceps, why would've it been hard?

Anatomy : sometimes if's super easy to get through the ileocecal valve and sometimes harder, especially in thin women. he probably used the forceps to pull himself in - absolutely nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Had a colostomy done 28yrs ago. Possibility of adhesion on intestine?

Huh?: Your question doesn't make too much sense, but yes, adhesions post op are possible for anybody and for long durations of time. ...Read more

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What could be cause of increased number, but not size, of lymph nodes in intestine?

What could be cause of increased number, but not size, of lymph nodes in intestine?

Lymphadenopathy: You cannot increase the number of lymph nodes, only increase the number of lymph nodes that are enlarged and thus become noticeable. If they are inflamed, it is called mesenteric lymphadenitis. Any cause of inflammation or infiltration can increase lymph node size, so the list is too long - but includes viral, bacterial and immunologic causes and rarely, lymphoma. ...Read more

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Can an intestine transplantation be done to a patient with an intestine comletely removed and currently is in icu?

Can an intestine transplantation be done to a patient with an intestine comletely removed and currently is in icu?

Possible: This question is too complicated to be addressed in this forum. Intestinal transplants are not common and you need to consult your doctors to assess the suitability of the patient for the procedure. ...Read more

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Can i take in protein powder? As i can only have low fibre diet due to i had done a total colectomy(large intestine).

Can i take in protein powder? As i can only have low fibre diet due to i had done a total colectomy(large intestine).

Yes: A pure protein powder has no fiber at all. There are many types of protein powder. If from soy make sure it is non-gmo soy. If whey try to find one from grass-fed cows not given hormones or antibiotics and processed at low temperature such as whey cool by designs for health. Protein powder from hemp seeds is another good choice though make sure it is a pure protein powder without fiber. ...Read more

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I had an edoscopy done and it showed normal results and so did my colonoscopy, should I concern myself with small intestine cancer?

I had an edoscopy done and it showed normal results and so did my colonoscopy, should I concern myself with small intestine cancer?

Probably not: Small intestine cancer is rare. Unless you have unusual persistent GI symptoms or strong family history of cancer, there is no reason to worry about it. ...Read more

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I have had some test done and they told me my stomach is not emptying into the small intestine correctly, can this be caused by a hernia. ?

Possibly: There are many reasons why your stomach may not be emptying correctly. A large hiatal hernia can certainly cause problems with your stomach properly emptying, however you should have a proper evaluation by a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Had a egd done dr said he found extra channel to small intestine he said probably from a ulcer i'm confused?

Had a egd done dr said he found extra channel to small intestine he said probably from a ulcer i'm confused?

A double pylorus: I suspect you have a "double pylorus". The pylorus is the part of the stomach leading to the first part of the small intestine (duodenal bulb). A double pylorus most commonly occurs as a result of a complication of an ulcer--the ulcer penetrates into the duodenal bulb creating a second opening to the small bowel. Less commonly a double pylorus is congenital meaning you were born with it. ...Read more

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My mom just had some x rays done of her esophagus and they told her that her small intestine is narrow. I want to know if this is something dangerous?

My mom just had some x rays done of her esophagus and they told her that her small intestine is narrow. I want to know if this is something dangerous?

Need more info: The info in the question is incomplete. An xray of the esophagus is usually an esophagogram where a patient drinks barium. Xray of the small intestine is an small bowel follow through. Did your mom had both studies? What symptoms were she having? ...Read more

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What to do if a colonoscopy done - my doctor said he found "bulls eye lesions" in the intestine i does anyone know what this is?

Colonoscopy: Some early crohn's disease lesions look like this and other things. But, this a sign that shows on a barium study. You should ask your doctor what they think it is. ...Read more

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Having tummy pain after vomiting, b4 tt have drank alcohol. As i hv done removal of large intestines ops b4. Will i hv the chance having IO?

Having tummy pain after vomiting, b4 tt have drank alcohol.  As i hv done removal of large intestines ops b4. Will i hv the chance having IO?

Obstruction?: If your concern is of intestinal obstruction, then I agree that this is a possibility given your history of infra-abdominal surgery and the potential for development of adhesions. Granted, you could be vomiting from too much alcohol, if you drank too much alcohol, but given your history, and if this symptom persists, then the possibility of obsertuction is real. ...Read more

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Bowel (Definition)

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