disease of the colon

picture coutsey internet

picture coutsey internet

Colon also known as the large intestine is a part of our digestive system it’s a long hollow tube at the end of our digestive tract where the body makes and stores stools.

The focus of the month is on colon cancer, so I shall just list the standard disturbances of colon.  Like all tissues, the colon is also suspect able to the- 5 ‘I’’s

They are

  • Inflammation – is irritation, and could be caused by anything. This is the mildest of the abnormalities and is usually self limiting.
  • Infection—if course due to imbalance in the flora. Or external invasion.
  • Infiltration – of new growth, either spontaneously in the site or invasion from another area.
  • Idiopathic – this is summed up as cause unknown.
  • – caused by some procedures that are performed in the area.

Though the commonly heard ones are.

  • Colonic polyps – extra tissue growing in the colon that can become cancerous
  • Ulcerative colitis – ulcers of the colon and rectum
  • Diverticulitis –inflammation or infection of the pouches in the colon
  • Irritable bowel syndrome – an uncomfortable condition causing abdominal cramping and other symptoms.
  • Colorectal cancer.

The treatment of colonic disease varies greatly with the disease and its severity. Treatment would involve medicines, diet and in some cases surgery.


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