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asked in category: General Last Updated: 1st February, 2020

Can you live without a duodenum?

Now, it is possible for people to live without a pancreas. A complete pancreatectomy that removes the entire pancreas also requires the removal of parts of the stomach, a portion of the small intestine called the duodenum, and the end of the bile duct.

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Likewise, can the duodenum be removed?

Doctors will try to remove tumors in the duodenum to allow food passage from the stomach. Another surgical option is the Whipple procedure, which removes the duodenum, gallbladder, and a portion of the pancreas. An alternative to surgery is chemotherapy to destroy malignant cancer cells.

One may also ask, what causes cancer of the duodenum? Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), Gardner syndrome, Lynch syndrome, Muir–Torre syndrome, celiac disease, Peutz–Jeghers syndrome, Crohn's disease and juvenile polyposis syndrome are risk factors for developing this cancer. The duodenum is the first part of the small intestine.

Thereof, can a person live without a small intestine?

Intestinal Failure Most people can live without a stomach or large intestine, but it is harder to live without a small intestine. When all or most of the small intestine has to be removed or stops working, nutrients must be put directly into the blood stream (intravenous or IV) in liquid form.

What happens when the duodenum is blocked?

Obstruction prevents the normal passage of stomach contents into the duodenum and keeps the gallbladder and pancreas from draining their secretions. This problem can lead to a number of conditions and complications involving digestion, nutrition, and fluid balance.

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