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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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To Keep The Body Healthy, How Does The Small Intestine Work With Other Systems of digestion? Please give at least 3 examples ...

To Keep The Body Healthy, How Does The Small Intestine Work With Other Systems  of digestion?
Please give at least 3 examples ...

Protiens, Fat, Carbs: Your small intestine begins at your duodenum and this is where your body actually digests your foods. Enzymes from your liver and pancreas break food down into its basic particles. Meats/proteins to amino acids, sugars to carbohydrates and fats to fatty acids. The rest of your small bowel has miles of small bowel to digest. ...Read more

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What does the large intestine do and how does it work with the small intestine?

What does the large intestine do and how does it work with the small intestine?

See below: The small intestine is the primary absorptive surface to allow nutrients to enter the blood stream for your nutrition. The colon or large intestine primarily absorbs water & stores waste until eliminated. ...Read more

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My friend at work says his child was born from swallowed sperm. A couple doctors say small intestine can transport sperm to the uterus by blood. True?

My friend at work says his child was born from swallowed sperm. A couple doctors say small intestine can transport sperm to the uterus by blood. True?

Health Tap: No. This is not true. It is false. Completely. This appellation is not here for entertainment or for jokes. This question represents an abuse of this system. You do not need a physician to tell you how absurd this 'myth' is. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a blockage in my small intestine?

What do you recommend if I have a blockage in my small intestine?

Surgery if true: Obstruction does not hit 31 years old suddenly unless you already have many abdominal surgeries in the past number one reason for bowel obstruction for somebody who had surgery before are adhesions that need to be safely removed by surgery number one reason for obstruction in what we called a virgin abdomen is tumor or hernia i am sure if you think you have an obstruction you have a doctor. ...Read more

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When I was born my small intestine was knotted up and some was removed. Was that volvulus?

When I was born my small intestine was knotted up and some was removed. Was that volvulus?

Quite possibly: You say your small intestine was knotted up. That could indeed be midgut volvulus in which your small bowel was twisted around a narrow mesentery, or connection of the bowel to the back of the abdominal cavity. That is almost always seen in intestinal malrotation, when the bowel did not situate in the right location in the abdomen as it was being formed in the fetus. ...Read more

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How long is the small intestine?

How long is the small intestine?

Varies: 20-30 feet in adults. As a pathologist, i've often wondered why the variability; no one knows. ...Read more

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Where is the small intestine located?

Where is the small intestine located?

Abdomen: The approximately 20 feet of small intestine is coiled up in your abdomen (belly). It starts at the end of your stomach (the actual organ is not the same as your abdomen) and ends where it joins the colon. ...Read more

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Which test looks at the small intestine?

Several tests: Several tests examine the intestine: endoscopy, exploratory surgery, ct scan, x-ray, gastrograffin enema, ultrasound. Each test is used based upon the clinical presentation and indication. The least invasive and least expensive are x-ray and ultrasound. They also provide the least information. Ct scan provides a lot of info, but requires more radiation. Endoscopy and surgery have more risks. ...Read more

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Desctibe the parts of the small intestine?

Desctibe the parts of the small intestine?

See below: The stomach empties into the first part of the small intestine, the duodenum, where bile and pancreatic enzymes enter for digestion. Next is the jejunum and then the ileum. These are parts of the small intestine that also absorb nutrients & vitamins that then can enter into the blood stream. ...Read more

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What causes a obstruction in the small intestine?

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

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How do you look after the health of the small intestine?

How do you look after the health of the small intestine?

Small intestine: Other than eating a nutritious diet with a variety of fresh ingredients and adequate amounts of dietary fiber, there is nothing that you need to do to promote the health of the small intestine. The intestines do not need periodic cleanses or supplements for optimal health. If you're having problems, discuss them with your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: small intestine?

Part of bowel: The small intestine is the intestinal tract that lies between the stomach and the colon. It is involved in digesting and absorbing most of the nutrients we need for our daily functioning. ...Read more

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What amount of of the small intestine can be removed safely?

What amount of of the small intestine can be removed safely?

Differs among people: Some people can lose a significant length of their intestine and still maintain relatively normal function. Other people can retain their entire intestine length and still have poor function. Historically, adults require about 100cm minimum to function without supplemental fluids or nutrition. However, this depends on presence of large intestine and the valve between the small and large intestine. ...Read more

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What diseases make it hard for the small intestine to function?

What diseases make it hard for the small intestine to function?

Small intestine: There are entire textbooks hundreds of pages long written just on small intestinal diseases. It would be hard to pinpoint whatever it is you're looking for. Can you rephrase your question? ...Read more

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How much of the small intestine can be removed safely if damaged?

All but 150-200cm: All of the intestine can be removed. However, most adults need to keep at least 150 to 200 cms of small intestine to maintain enough function to avoid complications such as dehydration, severe diarrhea, and vitamin/mineral deficiencies. When you have less than that amount, you may require supplemental IV fluids of nutrition into the vein. Some patients receive intestine transplant, if necessary. ...Read more

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Please help, how much of the small intestine can be removed safely?

All but 150-200 cm: All of the intestine can be removed. However, most adults need to keep at least 150 to 200 cm of small intestine to maintain enough function to avoid complications such as dehydration, severe diarrhea, and vitamin/mineral deficiencies. When you have less than that amount, you may require supplemental IV fluids of nutrition into the vein. Some patients receive intestine transplant, if necessary. ...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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My small intestine feels all knotted and backed up. What tests do they do for that?

Knotted bowels: Intussuseption occurs when bowel folds into itself; volvulus is when bowels become twisted--both may result in "knotting" & are emergent conditions. The sensation may also result from autonomic dysfunction with slow transit, dysmotility syndromes, & gut spasms. These situations are distinguished from bowel obstruction. ...Read more

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Small Intestine (Definition)

The small intestine is the intestinal tract that lies between the stomach and the colon. It is involved in digesting and absorbing most of the nutrients we need ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

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