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Symptoms & treatment for redundant colon

Updated July 19, 2017

A redundant colon has no obvious observable symptoms, though it may lead to increased constipation. A redundant colon may lead to cramping and pain in rare occurrences, though it is usually harmless. Treatment involves surgical colon reduction.

Definition

A redundant colon is a colon that has grown too large for the body. The extra colon length doubles on itself, sometimes becoming twisted.

Growth

A redundant colon is not a rare occurrence, and is genetically determined. As one can have long fingers, one can also grow a long or redundant colon.

Discovery

X-rays are used to search for a redundant colon. Under normal circumstances a redundant colon is found while searching for something else.

Consitpation

Studies have shown a redundant colon may be associated with constipation. Surgical treatment is recommended if that is the case.

Treatment

A redundant colon can be surgically operated on. The redundant parts of the colon are removed and untwisted if necessary.

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