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What Is a Redundant Colon?

By Ivory Adams ; Updated July 27, 2017

One type of the colon is called a redundant or twisted colon. A redundant colon is when additional loops develop, creating a longer-than-normal colon.

The Human Colon

Colon shapes and sizes can vary both between families and the population on the whole. Moreover, the human colon consists of several twists and turns that don’t automatically signal a redundant colon.

Causes

There are several ways the colon can become twisted and distorted. Constipation, dietary deficiencies, toxicity in the colon and the presence of pathogenic organisms can all contribute to a redundant colon.

Risk Factors

Some risk factors include age (typically, adults over the age of 60), an enlarged colon and intestinal pseudo obstructions, a bowel blockage caused by nerve or muscle problems affecting the flow of food, liquid and air through the intestines.

Lack of Fiber

A lack of fiber in a person’s diet can be part of the cause for many diseases and disorders, in addition to a redundant colon. Consuming an adequate amount of fiber in your diet will help to keep your digestion system healthy.

Indirect Health Consequence

The use of a colonoscope is rather difficult and in some situations impossible if a redundant colon exists. A colonoscopy allows specialists to examine parts of the colon and rectum area for suspected colorectal tumors. According to the National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse, it also may be used to evaluate many other problems: blood in the stool, abdominal pain and anemia.

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