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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
Crohns vs UC: When an endoscopist discovers colitis in a patient but cannot be sure whether it is crohn's colitis or ulcerative colitis, that is when it is call indeterminate colitis or "unspecified inflammatory bowel disease". You end up treating the patient for the type of colitis it most likely seems to be based on clinical and endoscopic findings. ...Read more
Not normal: I t should be checked. Probably hemorrhoids but you need to see a doctor. ...Read more
What does it mean to have a twisted bowel? Does it mean that your intestines are literally twisted?
I have to much bowel sounds what does that mean? It has been like this for a 2-3 years? And what is good to do to reduce the sound? Thanks
Excess gas: In a young person, lactose intolerance and gluten sensitivity are the key possibilities. In an older person, abnormal amounts of bacteria in the small intestine need to be considered. Erratic eating and air swallowing in people who are stressed and anxious is also a possibility ...Read more
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
Hope this answers it: The physiology of bowel control is complex, involving coordination of reflexive & voluntary muscle response, nerves of local & central origin including those that control sensory & motor function of colon, rectum, & anal canal. Loss of bowel control requires complex evaluation. Patient's age, medications, co-medical & neurologic problems, mental competency, exposures & risks, & diet all factor in. ...Read more
Looking at intestine: A small bowel xray is one way that doctors can check to see it looks the way it should and can help decide if it working the way it should. Usually you are given something to drink (a thick substance called barium) that makes your intestines show up on the xray. Depending on how your intestine looks on the xray, it can help doctors find the problem. ...Read more
Small bowel: A vague question gets a vague answer, consult your dr. ...Read more
Had a small bowel series- they said it would take a few hours. Mine took 35 minutes, what's this mean?!
There is a wide: Range of normal, and they were preparing you for the worst case scenario. 35 minutes is not abnormal. ...Read more
In my ultrasound it has been observed that PROMINENT BOWEL LOOPS SEEN IN BILATERAL FLANKS. What does it mean?
Just done a bowel screen test, it came back saying I had blood in it. ..I have to do another test. But I never noticed blood ever? What dose it mean
Get checked: Even if you can't see blood its important to do further testing. ...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 more
Echogenic Bowel: Echogenic bowel is where the bowel appears "brighter" than bone. It is usually seen in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy. It can be associated with a perfectly normal fetus or a number of other issues: fetuses with aneuploidy (i.e. trisomy 21), intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR), bleeding, cystic fibrosis (CF), congenital viral infections, and thalassemia.Best to discuss with doc who ordered US. ...Read more
R U in Hospital?: A bowel obstruction is a very serious problem that requires hospital management and, often, surgical treatment. Obstruction of the intestine causes an inability to take-in any nutrition by mouth, leading to dehydration and eventual vomiting, bloating, cramping pain, and an inability to move one's bowels. If it does not resolve, it inevitably leads to bowel perforation. ...Read more
Lacks contrast stuff: The material given to a patient for a bowel imaging study helps show up the entire bowel, such as on the images in an abdominal CT scan. Areas that did not get contrast material can look like they are missing the stuff, and are called unopacified bowel. However, things that prevent contrast from getting in, like a solid lump of poop, a polyp, or a tumor, can also look an area of missing contrast. ...Read more
"Leaky gut"?: Irritable bowel is a syndrome complex that spans many etiologies ; contributants (see earlier healthtap answers). Often, patients complain of altered stool pattern (diarrhea, constipation, or both), abdominal pain, bloating, gassiness, fullness, distension, nausea, cramps. Similar symptoms may present with leaky gut, which by comparison is a disease process (again, caused by many etiologies). ...Read more
Many possibilities: Not sure if this is recent or established. There is a condition called Irritable Bowel Syndrome that can cause diarrhea or constipation or both with cramps. It is worth a trip to doctor. Might be simple constipation and simple dietary changes could help. Good luck. Keep me posted. ...Read more
Had hida scan done yesterday. My small bowel showed up before my gallbladder, what could this mean?
Usually not much: There is not much meaning to earlier visualization of small bowel than gall bladder, as long as gall bladder visualizes and responds normally to cholecystokinin. If gall bladder does not fill or takes prolonged time to fill, there may be gall bladder disease or partial obstruction to gall bladder duct. If no bowel visualizes there is usually obstruction to common bile duct. ...Read more