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What Does It Mean When Intestines Are Twisted
Think garden hose: The intestines are a complex & long tubular structure with some parts firmly attached & some parts that float somewhat freely in the abdomen. If the free floating parts become twisted on them self, it not only stops flow as it would in your hose, it can begin to cut off the blood supply. If left untreated, the gut can die & start leaking contents & germs into the abdomen. This can be fatal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What does it mean to have a twisted bowel? Does it mean that your intestines are literally twisted?
Yes: Usually this is a developmental defect in whcih the intestine are not properly attached to the abdominal wall. The intestine can actually twist on itself and become blocked. If prolonged it can lead to loss of blood supply and death of that section of intestine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: It occurs in about 1 in 500 births. Or .002%. ...Read more
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
Unclear: Lymphocyte "count" usually refers to blood. In tissues lymphocytes can be benign and due to inflammation or autoimmune disease, but can also be malignant (not as common, especially in someone so young). A pathologist should be working on this for you to determine the meaning of the finding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Intussusception: The term folded intestine has been used to describe a pathologic process known as intussusception. This occurs (usually in children) when the small intestine telescopes on itself, leading to a partial or full obstruction of the intestine. Sometimes this can be treated without surgery if the intestine can be pushed back out. If surgery is required, it is usually minor with recovery in a few days. ...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
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