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What is gastrocolic reflex?
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Dr. Maritza Baez
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In brief: Reflex
It's the body's reflex controlling the motility, or peristalsis, of the gastrointestinal tract.
It involves an increase in motility of the colon in response to stretch in the stomach & byproducts of digestion in the small intestine. It's responsible for the urge to defecate following a meal. The small intestine shows a similar motility response. The gastrocolic reflex helps make room for more food.

In brief: Reflex
It's the body's reflex controlling the motility, or peristalsis, of the gastrointestinal tract.
It involves an increase in motility of the colon in response to stretch in the stomach & byproducts of digestion in the small intestine. It's responsible for the urge to defecate following a meal. The small intestine shows a similar motility response. The gastrocolic reflex helps make room for more food.
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