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What Does Peristalsing Bowel Mean
Moving bowel: Sometimes physician listens to abdomen with stethoscope and hears bowel making noise of normal movement or peristalysis. Sometimes if very hungry sounds can be heard related to bowel motion. It is normal for bowel to make some noise when peristalses. No bowel sounds mean bowel is staying completely still sometimes called paralytic ileum. High pitched sounds can be heard in bowel obstruction. ...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
Maybe bile, fat: Pale, yellow, foul smelling. Bulky, sticky stools can be seen with fat malabsorption , as may be seen with pancreatic disease, cystic fibrosis, celiac sprue, crohn's disease, olestra use, Alli use (with excess fat intake). Of course, yellow stool could just be that you ate a lot of carrots and squash. If it continues, if you have cramps, weight loss, nausea, pain, etc. See your doc. ...Read more
Radiology: It means it appears to be normal. ...Read more
Biliary reflux: Biliary reflux, bile reflux or duodenogastric reflux is a condition that occurs when bile flows upward (refluxes) from the duodenum into the stomach and esophagus. While bile reflux involves fluid from the small intestine flowing into the stomach and esophagus, acid reflux is back flow of stomach acid into the esophagus. SEE: http://bit.ly/1CERl6k ...Read more
Blood Flow diversion: Depends on exactly when before bowel movement. If it is just prior when you are bearing down to evacuate the rectal vault, then the valsalva maneuver cause redirection of blood flow from the brain to the viscera causing dizziness and in certain circumstances loss of consciousness. ...Read more
Congenital issue: While developing as a fetus, your bowel is initially a straight tube but as it grows and changes into the various parts of the gut (stomach, intestine, colon, etc) it rotates in a left to right orientation to lay in your abdomen. Malrotation simply means this process was not completed. Having malrotation does not necessarily cause problems and is common and goes un-noticed in most. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple things.: Probably, if a doctor termed your heart "irritable", it was a reference to an irregular heartbeat. Rhythm disturbances often occur when the heart chambers are stretched due to hypertension (high blood pressure ) or a leaking or narrowed heart valve. Your doctor should be able to determine the underlying cause of the irritability. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Don't know: I've never heard of that, but if it's true you definitely need to see your physician or a urologist. ...Read more
NO: Stool may take on a slimy appearance for a few reasons. Most commonly, there may be some underlying colon infection especially if you have been around sick people, traveled abroad or taken recent antibiotics. It may also represent a problem with your ability to absorb fats. If fats are undigested they will produce a shiny slimy texture and the stool may float. Seek medical care if it doesn't impro. ...Read more
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