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Large Intestine Conditions

Polyp

A polyp is an abnormal growth. Polyps can vary in size, shape and location, and they may be single or multiple. Some polyps are flat and some look like a grape with a narrow stalk. We know that when certain types of polyps grow large enough, they can become cancerous. Polyps are usually removed and biopsied to determine if they are cancerous.

Diverticulosis

This condition means that there are pockets or projections extending out from the colon. These occur very gradually over a long period of time. They occur along the natural weak points in the bowel wall.

Crohn's Disease

Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea and even malnutrition.

Bowel Obstruction

An obstruction happens when a section of the bowel becomes totally or partially blocked so that stool cannot pass through it. An obstruction can cause the complete absence of stool or gas because no stool can pass through the intestine. It can also cause diarrhea since only liquid stool can pass beyond the point of obstruction.

Enteritis

This condition is an inflammation of the small intestine. Enteritis is usually caused by eating or drinking substances that are contaminated with bacteria or viruses, or by Crohn's disease.

Ulcerative Colitis

This is a disease that causes inflammation and sores, called ulcers in the lining of the colon. Ulcers form where inflammation has killed the cells that usually line the colon, then bleed and produce pus. Inflammation in the colon also causes the colon to empty frequently, causing diarrhea.

Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis occurs when one or more diverticula in your digestive tract become inflamed or infected. Diverticula are small, bulging pouches that can form anywhere in your digestive system, including your esophagus, stomach and small intestine. However, they're most commonly found in the large intestine.

Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon), the lower part of your digestive system. Most cases of colon cancer begin as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called adenomatous polyps. Over time some of these polyps become colon cancer.