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Digestive System Large Intestine Function * complete absorption * manufacture of certain vitamins * formation of feces * expulsion of feces from the body Gross Anatomy * 2.5 inches in diameter and about 5 feet long. * Extends form the ileum to the anus * attached to the posterior abdominal by its mesocolon * Divided into four principal regions:cecum, colon, rectum, and anal canal. What are hemorrhoids? * Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your rectum or anus. The type of hemorrhoid you have depends on where it occurs. * Internal hemorrhoids involve the veins inside your rectum. * usually don't hurt but they may bleed painlessly. * Prolapsed hemorrhoid- internal hemorrhoid that stretch down until it bulges outside your anus * prolapsed hemorrhoid will go back inside your rectum on its own, or you can gently push it back inside * External hemorrhoids involve the veins outside the anus. They can be itchy or painful and can sometimes crack and bleed. * usually develop over time and may result from straining with stools, childbirth, lengthy
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Unformatted text preview: car trips or prolonged sitting, constipation or diarrhea. * If a blood clot forms, you may feel a tender lump on the edge of your anus. You may see bright red blood on the toilet paper or in the toilet after a bowel movement. * usually present with pain on standing, sitting or defecating. What can I do about hemorrhoids? * Include more fiber in your diet. Fresh fruits, leafy vegetables, and whole-grain breads and cereals are good sources of fiber. * Drink plenty of fluids (except alcohol). Eight glasses of water a day is ideal. * Exercise regularly. * Avoid laxatives except bulk-forming laxatives such as Fiberall, Metamucil, etc. Other types of laxatives can lead to diarrhea, which can worsen hemorrhoids. * When you feel the need to have a bowel movement, don't wait too long to use the bathroom....
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