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Colon and Rectum

The colon and rectum are crucial parts of the large intestine, playing essential roles in the digestive system. The colon, or large bowel, is a tubular organ responsible for absorbing water and electrolytes from digested food, processing waste, and forming stool. The rectum serves as a temporary storage site for fecal matter before it is expelled through the anus.

Various diseases can affect the colon and rectum, impacting overall gastrointestinal health. Colorectal cancer is a malignancy that develops in the colon or rectum and can be detected early through regular screening. Colorectal polyps, abnormal growths on the colon or rectal lining, may be benign or potentially cancerous, making early detection and removal important.

Medical illustration of Cancer of the Colon and Rectum, showing abnormal growths in the lining of the colon and rectum.

Cancer of the colon and rectum

Cancer of the colon and rectum, also known as colorectal cancer, is a malignancy affecting the large intestine. Early detection through screening is crucial for effective treatment and improved prognosis.

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Colorectal Polyps

Colorectal polyps are abnormal growths on the lining of the colon or rectum. While typically benign, some may develop into cancer. Regular screening helps identify and remove polyps to prevent malignancy.

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Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease characterized by inflammation of the digestive tract. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and weight loss. Management involves medication and lifestyle changes.

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Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis occurs when small pouches in the colon, called diverticula, become inflamed or infected. This condition causes abdominal pain, fever, and changes in bowel habits. Treatment includes antibiotics and dietary adjustments.

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Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease affecting the colon's inner lining. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and rectal bleeding. Management involves medication, dietary changes, and sometimes surgery.

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Choose Dr. Diego Marines, a renowned specialist in colon and rectal surgery, to address your colorectal health concerns. Dr. Marines' expertise in a wide range of conditions ensures the best possible care and a swift path to recovery.

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