What causes a redundant bowel

By redundant bowel, I think you are referring to the condition, redundant colon. This condition is caused when the large intestine is slightly longer than normal. As a result of this, extra bends or loops develop, usually in the descending colon portion of the large intestine, so as to allow it to fit into the abdominal cavity of the person. This portion of the colon works in a manner similar to the rest of the colon, drawing out water and nutrients from the matter passing through and ensuring that waste matter moves forward, towards the rectum. A good diet rich in fiber can help in keeping away complications related to the colon. Nuts, whole grains, vegetables and fruits are ideal dietary options when it comes to maintaining colon health.

Disorders related to a redundant colon:

  • In most cases, a redundant colon does not lead to any complications and usually goes undetected without the requirement for any treatment. It is usually detected during the course of investigation for another ailment or medical condition.
  • In some cases, the redundant colon portion may twist or coil around itself. In such cases, it is common to face abdominal pain. When this happens, people are known to experience symptoms such as nausea and vomiting as it is difficult for the body to get rid of waste matter.
  • The most serious condition resulting from the twisting of the colon is a blockage which prevents the passage of stools. In such cases, medical intervention becomes inevitable.
  • Some people may also experience diarrhea, constipation or find traces of blood in the stools.
  • Conditions such as colitis, cancer and irritable bowel syndrome could affect a redundant colon.
  • However, people who take good care of themselves do not have to worry about problems related to a redundant colon.
It is necessary to keep your doctor informed about your condition and any other symptoms that you would experience.

answered by G R

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