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Colorectal Diseases

Redundant colon

07/27/2009

Question:

Can you explain what this is. I read in wikipedia that it is "One variation on the normal anatomy of the colon occurs when extra loops form, resulting in a longer than normal organ> This condition, referred to as redundant colon"

Is this similar to a tortuous colon? Is it the same? If different can you explain the differences?

Answer:

The words redundant and tortuous may be used interchangeably. However usually redundant just means long, with extra loops; tortuous, in practice, means difficult twists and turns that may make imaging especially difficult- like colonoscopy, or contrast enema.

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati