What knowledge is essential for performing a primary lower GI procedure for bleeding?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Burt Cagir, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The average length of the large intestine is 135-150 cm. Ascending and descending segments of the colon are fixed to the retroperitoneum. However, the transverse and sigmoid colon are supported by a mesentery. A comprehensive understanding of the small bowel and colonic vascular anatomy is essential for any physician performing a primary lower gastrointestinal procedure for hemorrhage or other conditions.


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