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What Causes A Hole In Your Intestine
Colon perforation: The most feared complication of a colonoscopy or colon biopsy is the risk of perforation--inadvertently cutting through the entire thickness of the bowel wall. This complication used to occur in about 1 in 1000 persons undergoing the procedure. With improved techniques and instruments, the risk is now about 1 in 5000. ...Read more
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
Likely scar tissue: The intestine in the abdomen has a normal anatomic orientation, just like any other organ. There is generally no scarring. However, if you have surgery or abdominal illness, scars can form. The scars can attach to the intestine and other organs, or the abdominal wall. This can lead to points of fixation, about which the intestine can twist and become abnormally intertwined. This can cause pain. ...Read more
Variety of Causes: A variety of causes, but all in reaction to something. Something stimulates an immune response that causes inflammation. Most commonly this is due to allergies from foods consumed, but inflammation might also come from infection, surgery, vascular problems, cancer, etc... ...Read more
Hernia, scar tissue: The two most common causes are hernias and scar tissue. A hernia is a defect in the abdominal cavity. The intestine gets stuck in this defect, causing a blockage. If it stays too long, this portion of the intestine can die. Similarly, scars in the abdomen, usually from previous surgery, can result in a blockage when the intestine gets tangles around the scar tissue. Other causes are less likely. ...Read more
Removing part of large/small intestine may treat intestinal conditions such as colorectal cancer, ulcerative colitis, crohn's disease, intestinal blockage, precancerous polyps, or other benign tumors.
To treat colorectal cancer, it could prevent the spread or remove blockage/bleeding. Here's a good link: http://www. Duanereade. Com/health/procedurefactsheet. Aspx? Id=3
take care - feel better. ...Read more
1 week old babh has her intestine block and did not eat since she is born a week ago. What can caused this and solution?
Several possible: Newborns with intestinal blockage may: 1.Have defective formation with a blockage anywhere from the swallowing tube to the anus & parts between. 2.Have a poo so thick it won't pass. 3. Have intestine twisted on itself. Various x-ray studies can define the problem & most require surgery to fix the issue. Other testing is also needed during recovery. ...Read more
I think I need to rephrase-question. This did not happen. Educating myself. Could a button battery sit in your intestines for a week and not cause sx?
You would pass it: Generally you eliminate what you eat in a ay or two. So it is not in your intestines for a week unless it got stuck. ...Read more
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
Not usual: Allergy reactions do not usually result in intestinal damage. There are several auto-immune reactions which do though. ...Read more
Sml Bowel Infections: Infections in the small bowel not common. Trophermya whippeli is the classic one. It causes malabsorption and diarrhea and systemic complaints of fatigue, weight loss and can even lead to disordered thinking. Inflammatoy bowel disease may be due to bacteria but not yet identified. Set up for an infection from normal gut flora would be a cancer or blood clot w/tissue damage to the intestine. ...Read more
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
What would be the cause of a woman in her mid 40's Intestines turning into mush resulting in an ileostomy placement that is not revirsible? Possible?
Unkown: The doctor who did the operation would be the best soiurce to tell you. Usually it would be because of a compromise in the blood supply. This would be from narrowing of the blood vessels or a twisting of the intestines some way ...Read more
I know eating unpopped popcorn kernels can cause appendicitis, but are there any other effects? I'm told it can build in intestines, but I'm not sure.
The candy will rapidly be broken down by the mechanical and chemical digestion of the stomach.
Good luck! ...Read more
Usually a high energy: Injury 2 the abdomen.Get a more detailed answer ›
Many causes: Viral gastroenteritis and lactose intolerance are just two of many possible causes for symptoms. Unable to give specific advice based on such limited information. For a proper diagnosis see your physician if the symptoms persist or consider an on line consultation with a Health Tap physician. The following sites may be helpful: http://bit. Ly/1S4Uupd > http://bit. Ly/1Yh19QU > http://bit. Ly/10RdXop ...Read more
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
Typically no but....: Diverticulitis usually refers to the colon. The inflammatory process can be so severe that it can make the small bowel adhere to it and kink, causing an obstruction. Although very rare, one can also get diverticula of the small bowel, and these could potentially perforate or obstruct. ...Read more
Probably Not, & Yes: Fast food is notorious for being low in fiber & generally high in calories from concentrated sweets & fat. Fats delay stomach emptying & promote reflux. Dietary fats also promote release of cck & substance y which alters gut sensitivity, contracts the gallbladder, & prompts the "ileal brake" which in predisposed patients causes bloating & fullness. Choose instead salads, fruits, & whole grains. ...Read more
At the ascending end of the large intestine and the horizonal beginning intestine, what can cause pain?
Right sided abd pain: The area you describe is called the right upper quadrant of the abdomen. In addition to large bowel problems problems with the gallbladder such as gallstones could cause this pain. Other possibilities in the right upper quadrant are ulcer disease, liver problems, and pacreatitis. ...Read more
Does problems in intestine or in any other part of digestive system can cause urinary or sex problems??
Problems?: How do you mean problems? Please define more clearly. ...Read more
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 a 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 the contrast that you drank. ...Read more
Poss things that cause what feels like insides/intestines r locked up after waking up in morn, have long term vomitin for15yrs w/left quad pain&backect?
Need GI evaluation: 15 years is too long for vomiting to be a problem. If you have not had tests from a doctor especially a gastroenterologist that would be the place to start. Limited space here and online is probaby not the best way or place to evaluate such a long term problem. ...Read more
What would cause food/liquids to move really really slow down thru intestines? Mine taking over 7 hr to get thru sm intestine. Had bowel series. Reason I know. Seeing dr next wk but concerned now. Ba
Unclear question!: You say "Reason I know." What is that reason? Generally, transit time through the gut is dependent on what you eat. The American diet, being high in low-fiber protein and fats, leads to a lower transit time than diets with more fiber, which explains, in part, our higher incidence of colon cancer. If there is another explanation, that you were told, please ask again, and tell us. ...Read more
Yes: Virtually every antibiotic has the potential to cause a type of colitis called c. Difficile colitis. Antibiotics kill bacteria. Even as normal people we have thousands of different kinds of bacteria in our colons. When you take antibiotics, it kills some, which allows other types to thrive. When clostridium difficile thrives, it causes colitis. This can be life-threatening and require surgery. ...Read more
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