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Circulation of the Colon

  • Ove Lundgren
  • Mats Jodal
Part of the Topics in Gastroenterology book series (TGEN)


The circulation of blood through the colon has received little attention as compared to that of skeletal muscle or even the small intestine. One obvious reason for this neglect is the relative inaccessibility of the organ, even though qualitative information has been gained from studies of human colostomies. Our ignorance is reflected in the fact that not until a few years ago was any quantitative information available concerning blood flow in the human colon. This review attempts to summarize our knowledge in this field, but in some instances analogous conclusions from observation made on the small intestine have been made, due to the scarcity of data pertaining to the large bowel. Furthermore, the review is almost exclusively based on observations made on carnivorous animals, where the cecum is small or absent.


Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide Mucosal Blood Flow Pelvic Nerve Blood Flow Distribution Intestinal Blood Flow 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ove Lundgren
    • 1
  • Mats Jodal
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of GöteborgGöteborgSweden

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