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What can happen if the large intestine isn't functioning properly?
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Dr. Charles Cattano
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In brief: Colon dysfunction
The colon's primary function is absorption of water (mostly right colon) & storage of solid waste (mostly left colon).
Continence of stool relies primarily on rectal tone & sensation. An inflammed colon or one that is too active may result in diarrhea, whereas a sluggish colon may contribute to constipation. Fecal incontinence reflects rectal/anal disturbance (see my earlier healthtap entries).

In brief: Colon dysfunction
The colon's primary function is absorption of water (mostly right colon) & storage of solid waste (mostly left colon).
Continence of stool relies primarily on rectal tone & sensation. An inflammed colon or one that is too active may result in diarrhea, whereas a sluggish colon may contribute to constipation. Fecal incontinence reflects rectal/anal disturbance (see my earlier healthtap entries).
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