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What does it mean when your intestines are twisted/volvulus?

What does it mean when your intestines are twisted/volvulus?

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 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 does it mean to have a twisted bowel? Does it mean that your intestines are literally twisted?

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 more

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I have twisted intestines due to lots of surgeries. What happens when the bowels block?

Nausea, vomiting,: Severe abdominal pain, obstipation, and distention are cardinal signs. Intestinal obstruction can progress to strangulation, perforation, peritonitis, and even death. You should see a surgeon for more details. ...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 regards 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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What does a kink in your small intestine mean?

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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What does a high lymphocyte count in small intestines mean?

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 more

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What does it mean when the doctor says you have a folded intestine?

What does it mean when the doctor says you have a folded intestine?

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

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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 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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Colon confusion. Is the colon the large intestines? If the large intestines is removed, does that mean there's no longer a colon?

Colon confusion. Is the colon the large intestines? If the large intestines is removed, does that mean there's no longer a colon?

Equivalent: The colon is the large intestine. If all of your colon was removed, you no longer have a large intestine and vice versa. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have a very sharp stabbing pain in my intestines in my right side and get cold chills when having the pain? "

What does it mean if I have a very sharp stabbing pain in my intestines in my right side and get cold chills when having the pain? "

? gas pains: Sharp, stabbing abdominal pains may occur if gas is trapped in the intestines and clear as the gas moves on. If discomfort becomes steady and tenderness is present in the right lower abdomen a physician should check you for appendix or ovarian inflammation. ...Read more

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Which muscle relaxant for twisted intestine?

Which muscle relaxant for twisted intestine?

GI muscle meds: A twisted gut is a surgical situation and should always be considered an emergency that requires medical intervention, not pills. Muscle relaxants are generally used for skeletal muscle spasm and will not affect the smooth muscles in the gut. Anti cholinergics such as atropine, bentyl, (dicyclomine) or donna tol may slow the cramping sensation. Also CNS depressants relax both skeletal and smooth muscle. ...Read more

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Does pain under ribs from diverticulitis mean it is spreading to intestine?

Does pain under ribs from diverticulitis mean it is spreading to intestine?

No: Not likely. A perforated diverticulitis can cause peritonitis, but this would be more diffuse. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy but the doctor said there was a bit of a twist in my intestine. What's that mean?

I had a colonoscopy but the doctor said there was a bit of a twist in my intestine. What's that mean?

Redundant colon: Usually when an endoscopist says that someone's colon has a lot of "twists and turns", it means that the colonoscope had to maneuver around some sharp turns in order to get where he/she needed to go. It doesn't imply that your colon was abnormal - just that it was slightly difficult to perform your colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I had my appendix removed yesterday and Surgeon also told me intestines were attached to wall! How does this happen & what does it mean in future?

Have you had: Prior abdominal surgery?
very common to see adhesions secondary to previous surgery due to damage to peritoneal surfaces, resulting in fibrin deposition at the site of injury. ...Read more

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After unprotective sex I'm having lower intestine gurgles in my stomach, what does that mean? I'm freaked out

After unprotective sex I'm having lower intestine gurgles in my stomach, what does that mean? I'm freaked out

Unrelated to sex: Sex can have no effect on intestinal sounds. They are unrelated to the sexual event, protected or unprotected (unless maybe the result of anxiety over a sexual decision you seem to regret). If this is a new partnership, and without condom protection, you probably need STD testing, but that has nothing to do with your intestinal gurgling. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my X-ray image of the intestines showed up white without barium swallow?

What does it mean when my X-ray image of the intestines showed up white without barium swallow?

It's hard to: Speculate, based on very limited information. If what you are seeing is as 'white' as barium would be, you may have ingested something with radiopaque content, like Pepto-Bismol or Maalox. ...Read more

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What does it mean when I push my stomach and I feel a pulse on my intestines n below my ribcage?

Abdominal aorta: You are probably feeling your abdominal aorta pulsate specially if you are a thin person, however if you are not it could also indicate that you may have an enlarged aorta and in that case you should see your dr to check it out and make sure you do not have something call an aneurysm (abnormal enlarged vessel). ...Read more

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Faecal Calprotectin result of 101 mg/kg. Ulcers found in small intestines with wireless endoscopy tablet too. What does this mean?

Faecal Calprotectin result of 101 mg/kg. Ulcers found in small intestines with wireless endoscopy tablet too. What does this mean?

I presume you are: A parent asking about the results of your 4 year old child.Both of these results suggest inflammatory bowel disease, likely Crohn's Disease in the small intestine.Fecal calprotectin is a measurement of neutrophils/white blood cells in the intestinal lining which is associated with inflammation as is ulceration. I presume the doctor that performed/ordered these tests is advising you and can explain ...Read more

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If the pancreatic elastase test of my stool was in normal range- what exactly does this mean? Are my intestines functioning normally then?

If the pancreatic elastase test of my stool was in normal range- what exactly does this mean? Are my intestines functioning normally then?

It means you are OK: Pancreatic Elastase is an enzyme produced in the pancreas. Its purpose is to help digest food, specifically proteins.
It is not broken down during the trip from the pancreas to the stool.
If you have a normal pancreatic elastase, then it means that the digestive function of the pancreas (exocrine pancreas) is working well.
The endocrine pancreas makes insulin and this is not addressed by that test ...Read more

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During hida scan gallbladder did not release to the small intestine within 1 hour. After cck was given it released. Does it mean liver problems?

During hida scan gallbladder did not release to the small intestine within 1 hour. After cck was given it released. Does it mean liver problems?

Not usually liver: If hida was excreted normally by liver and gall bladder visualized at normal time the liver is normal. Sometimes gall bladder dyskinesia can affect gall bladder emptying. The more important finding is the amount of activity excreted after cck (gb ejection fraction, normal usually above 35%) and symptoms encountered during this phase of study. ...Read more

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What does a diagnosis of celiacute disease mean? My daughter had a endoscopy done wk ago biopsy neg. No intestine damage but has positive celiac gene

What does a diagnosis of celiacute disease mean? My daughter had a endoscopy done wk ago biopsy neg. No intestine damage but has positive celiac gene

Only at risk: Just because one has a genetic predisposition does not mean that one will get the disease. Even identical twins are likely to get the same diseases only about 50% of the time. However this should alert your daughter to consider celiac disease as a potential issue when and if she develops symptoms suggestive of this condition. ...Read more

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After CT scan found out that I have prominent lymph nodes around small intestine. What does this mean?

After CT scan found out that I have prominent lymph nodes around small intestine. What does this mean?

Several things: Bonnie, lymph nodes in the abdomen could mean many things. The term reactive used by the doctor usually means in reaction to an infection of some sort (usually a virus) which is the most likely answer. The most ominous (but far less likely) possibility would be a lymphoma or other tumor. These are very uncommon, but I'm sure they recommended follow up, which you should definitely do. ...Read more

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I'm not sure what my tests mean. Abnormal changes in both ovaries and endometrium And Rotation of small intestine. I will attach CT Results?

I'm not sure what my tests mean. Abnormal changes in both ovaries and endometrium And Rotation of small intestine. I will attach CT Results?

CT results: You submitted this entry into the Health Tap medical education site. We can not see your CT scan. Suggest you try Health Tap Concierge for the diagnostics you are requesting. ...Read more

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Got a massage on my stomach but after that I feel constipated, can't pass gas/cramptook gas x and it didn't help. Is possibility I have twisted intestine?

Got a massage on my stomach but after that I feel constipated, can't pass gas/cramptook gas x and it didn't help. Is possibility I have twisted intestine?

Unlikely!: Folks with 'twisted intestine' always have significant pain and usually nausea and vomiting. If you have only constipation, it may be due to diet. However, not having a bowel movement every day is normal for many people. Its a matter of degree. Not going for a few days can be normal but not going for 2 weeks is serious and should be checked out. ...Read more

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My 18 month old son had an egd and the doctor said his small intestine was pale and boggy so he took biopsies, what could this mean?

My 18 month old son had an egd and the doctor said his small intestine was pale and boggy so he took biopsies, what could this mean?

Depnds: A variety of causes of inflammation can make findings such as this - it is important to not jump to conclusions - the results of the biopsies should be available shortly. Try not to worry until you have more information. ...Read more

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What does dark green stool mean (problem in colon or small intestine)? Having for 5 weeks. Waiting for my colonoscopy biopsy results.

What does dark green stool mean (problem in colon or small intestine)? Having for 5 weeks. Waiting for my colonoscopy biopsy results.

Green stool: Green stool doesn't necessarily mean anything, I wouldn't put too much thought into the color of your stool until the colonoscopy report comes back ...Read more

Bowel (Definition)

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