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How can brain damage affect the gastrointestinal system in a negative manner?

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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery

In brief: Brain damage

It really depends on where the damage occurred.
If the lower part of the brain, that is the brain stem is injured then there can be swallowing issues and GI motility issues. Because the GI tract has its own innervation it is usually sparred in brain trauma.

In brief: Brain damage

It really depends on where the damage occurred.
If the lower part of the brain, that is the brain stem is injured then there can be swallowing issues and GI motility issues. Because the GI tract has its own innervation it is usually sparred in brain trauma.
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