A tortuous colon is a colon that is much longer than a normal colon. As a result, it has extra twists and turns, allowing it to fit properly in the abdominal cavity, as Riverside Health Information explains.Continue Reading
Referred to as a "redundant colon" in the medical profession, a tortuous colon doesn't necessarily mean there are problems with the colon leading to pain or discomfort. Complications may arise if the colon twists around itself, a term called volvulus, and it results in an intestinal obstruction.
Some people are simply born with a tortuous colon. The problem may not be caught until a colon X-ray or even a colonoscopy is performed.Learn more about Gastrointestinal Issues
Diverticular disease is a condition that occurs when a person has problems that occur from small sacs that have formed and push outward through weak spots in the colon wall, according to National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The descending colon is the colon's lower portion that travels down the left-hand side of the abdomen, and if it is thickening, this is likely due to inflammation.Full Answer >
A person can interpret the symptoms of spastic colon, or irritable bowel syndrome, by keeping a diary of the foods he eats and when he experiences symptoms. After a couple weeks, he can compare the foods and symptoms to determine which foods trigger the symptoms, recommends Healthline.Full Answer >
Polyps are extra pieces of tissue growing from the lining of the colon, says the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Polyps can stick out into the colon and look somewhat similar to mushrooms, or they can lie flat against the wall of the colon. Colon and rectal cancer usually begin as polyps, but polyps themselves are not cancer; they are called "precancerous" growths.Full Answer >
High-grade colon dysplasia is a type of colon cancer that is still in situ, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. It has penetrated the inner layers or mucosa of the large intestine, but it has not penetrated to deeper muscle layers.Full Answer >