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  • A common occurrence, this simply refers to extra loops in the colon (usually the descending colon) and generally should be no cause for concern. This happens when the colon is simply a bit longer than normal.

    About Redundant Colon

    The redundant colon refers to extra twists or loops in the large intestine. It should be distinguished from the phenomenon of “twisted colon,” which is used to describe the colon twisting itself as a response to malnutrition or other colon diseases.

    Causes of Twisted Colon

    •Chronic constipation

    •Lack of fiber in diet

    •Malnutrition

    •Toxins

    •Stress

    A redundant colon, on the other hand, is usually only discovered through the use of an X-Ray to examine the colon as an overall organ after taking a barium enema. It may not be noticed before this when the colon is in normal health, as it does not normally cause any extra symptoms or require any sort of treatment.

    Redundant Colon Function

    The redundant colon serves no specific purpose. It is usually seen simply as extra loops in the descending colon. As such the function would be the same as the remainder of the colon, which is extracting water and nutrients from food and waste products and moving waste material on to the next section of the colon and eventually the outside world via the rectum.

    Disorders of the Redundant Colon

    A common complaint for people who have a redundant colon is abdominal pain. This usually occurs when the redundant colon makes an extra twist around itself, leading to cramping. In addition, redundant colon is just as susceptible to the other colon disorders that plague the remaining four parts of the colon, including colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, or others.

  • The colon isn’t needed if it’s redundant.