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Digestion is the complex process of turning the food you eat into the energy you need to survive. The digestive process also involves creating waste to be eliminated, and is made of a series of muscles that coordinate the movement of food. Learn more about digestion and the body parts that make it possible, including the:

  • mouth,
  • pharynx,
  • esophagus,
  • stomach,
  • small intestine,
  • colon,
  • rectum,
  • anus,
  • pancreas,
  • liver, and
  • gallbladder.


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      Blood in the Stool (Rectal Bleeding) Article
      • Rectal bleeding (blood in stool) definition and facts
      • What does rectal bleeding (blood in stool) mean?
      • What are causes of blood in the stool (rectal bleeding)?
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      • Diverticulitis
      • Colon cancer and polyps
      • Angiodysplasias
      • Colitis and proctitis
      • Meckel's diverticulum
      • Polypectomy
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      • What kind of doctor treats rectal bleeding?
      • When should I call a doctor for blood in the stool (rectal bleeding)?
      • How is the cause of blood in the stool (rectal bleeding) diagnosed?
      • History and physical examination
      • Anoscopy
      • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
      • Colonoscopy
      • Radionuclide scans
      • Visceral angiogram
      • Video capsule and small intestine endoscopy
      • MRI and CT tomographic angiography
      • Nasogastric tube aspiration
      • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
      • Blood tests
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      • Can rectal bleeding (blood in the stool) be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis of rectal bleeding (blood in the stool)?
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      Anal Fissure Article
      • Anal fissures facts
      • What are anal fissures?
      • What causes anal fissures?
      • What are the symptoms of anal fissures?
      • How are anal fissures diagnosed and evaluated?
      • What is the treatment for anal fissures?
      • General treatment and home remedies for anal fissures
      • Prescription medications for anal fissures
      • Surgical treatment for anal fissures
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      • What is fatty liver disease?
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      • How is nonalcoholic fatty liver disease diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease?
      • Fatty liver and diet
      • Fatty liver, weight loss, and exercise
      • Medications and other treatment options
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      • Liver transplantation
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      • What diseases are associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease?
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