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Thursday, May 7, 2015
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?
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.
Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati