The Ileocaecal Junction

  • T. W. Balfour


Unfortunately, this mysterious valve has not yielded its secrets as easily as John Hunter predicted. Two hundred years later the standard textbooks of anatomy and physiology (whether pure, applied or surgical) still cannot tell us how the valve functions, other than to claim that it regulates flow from the ileum to colon. There is much specialised knowledge about the motility of the small intestine in man; somewhat less is known about colonic motility; and almost nothing about the junctional zone between the ileum and colon.


Junctional Zone Myoelectrical Activity Ileal Resection Ileocaecal Valve Small Intestinal Motility 
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