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Intestinal obstruction repair - series—Normal anatomy

Normal anatomy

Overview

The intestine is made up of the small intestine and the large intestine (colon). The small intestine runs from the stomach to the large intestine. The colon runs from the end of the small intestine to the anus. The intestine absorbs nutrients and water from the diet.

Update Date 2/27/2016

Updated by: Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, general surgery practice specializing in breast cancer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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