Rectum

The rectum is a slightly dilated part of alimentary canal that temporarily stores feces.

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Dog Health
Rectum

My dog's rectum is always itchy and swollen why?

The military have been spraying the Ichias bacterium which causes intense anal itching and swelling upon contact. Symptoms can linger for days, depending upon how traumatic the following anal birth is due to the fetal deformity.

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Why do my farts smell like rotten eggs?

Certain vegetables like onions, garlic and cabbage contain lots of Sulfur, also eggs contain a lot, too. Your body needs Sulfur in your diet; it is essential for the metabolism of many biomolecules. If you eat more than your body needs in a short time, not all will be assimilated. Thus, Sulfur-containing molecules will be released from the body.

Sulfur-containing molecules tend to stink. If you eat a lot of garlic, which contains the chemical diallyl disulfide, your body won't be able to assimilate all the sulfur and, in this case, some of the chemical will be exuded from your skin (in sweat). (Nice, 'cuz it keeps mosquitos away.)

What you are experiencing is the metabolic waste of certain bacteria in your gut. They "eat" the Sulfur-containing molecules that you ingested in your food and release Hydrogen Sulfide (gas) as a waste product. (Can be nice, 'cuz it keeps people away.)

If it goes away after a day or two, it's nothing to worry about. If it's a big problem for you, try to remember what you ate (think stinky) and try to avoid it.

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Can you hold in your farts?

Anybody can but if you do your stomach will hurt like crazy after a while.

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Medication and Drugs
Rectum

Can illegal drugs cause rectal bleeding?

it depends... when mixed with anal sex it usually causes anal bleeding and the desire to watch broke back mountain while wearing assless chaps.

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Intestines

What is the function of the rectum?

The rectum is a muscular ring that is at the end of the large intestine. Its function is to keep the intestine sealed shut until the need to pass feces arises. When that need arises it assists in the moving of the feces out of the body.

The main function of the rectum is to act as a temporary storage site for fecal matter before it is eliminated from the body through the anal canal. As the food you eat passes through the digestive system, it is broken down and nutrients are absorbed in the stomach, small and large intestines. Fecal matter, which includes digestive juices, bacteria and fiber, continues to move into the lower portion of the large intestine -- the rectum. The rectum holds the feces until you push it out of the body, through the anal canal, by having a bowel movement.

The rectum is made up of muscular walls that are able to expand to hold fecal matter. With this expansion of the rectum, nerves in the area send signals to the brain that you need to have a bowel movement and muscles in and around the anal canal control the action. Adults and older children are able to control these muscles, relaxing them to release the feces from the rectum or contracting them to avoid having a bowel movement.
The function of the rectum is to hold the feces until it is eliminated from the body through the anal canal and anus.


  1. to collect the undigested waste of the body
  2. to eliminate it as feces.
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Intestines

What does a rectum do?

The rectum is the last portion of the large intestine. It stores solid waste until it is released from the body by the opening known as the anus.

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Labor and Birth
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Can a baby be delivered through the rectum?

No. The rectum isn't connected to the uterus, where the baby has developed.

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Why do farts smell so bad?

Flatulence contains nitrogen, carbon dioxide, oxygen, methane, and hydrogen sulfide. These are created by the fermentation of undigested foods such as bean skins and veegtable fiber. The hydrogen sulfide and other compounds (mercaptan, butyric acid and carbonyl sulfide) make the released gases smell bad. Humans actually expel little methane compared to ruminants such as cows and sheep.

It's possible that the "bad" smell -- human's normal reluctance to deal with feces, etc. is evolutionary. The individuals repelled by this remain healthier, etc.

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Can too much fiber causes farts?

yes it can so less fibre less music coming out from your behind!!!

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Women's Health
Seals and Sea Lions

What is a rectal seal?

a rectal seal is when another organ in your body is buldging through or into your vagina wall. You may have a bulge out of your vagina as well. It can either be your bladder, your small intestine, you colon, or you uterus. This happens due to many causes, such as childbirth, bowel problems etc. :)

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Intestines

Is the sigmoid flexure located between the iliac crest and the rectum?

yes

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What does the Rectum do in the body?

The rectum holds the feces until it is eliminated from the body through the anal canal and anus.

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Why is there discharge from rectum with a colostomy bag in place?

It is a mucus that forms in the large intestine (after the area of the bag) therefore it can't go into the bag and has to come out of the rectum. It's nothing to be worried about. :)

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Can water absorb through the rectum?

yes, you can stay hydrated by giving your self water rectally. use this as a last resort if you have contaminated water, bear grills did it on an episode of man vs wild. all he had was water contaminated with bird po.

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Chemistry
Rectum
Colitis

Where can you buy Epsom salt in Mississauga Ontario?

Epsom salt is available in Bulk Barn - Square One or Erin Mills or Dixie Mall

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Intestines

What is the white thing coming out of your guinea pigs rectum?

it could be seaman, males hump males and females, so it's very likely, it needs removinmg as it can block them up like a plug!

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Intestines

How can you get a tampon unstuck from your rectum?

This depends on how far up your rectum the tampon is. If you can reach in and pull it out, then do that. To make it a bit easier, you could try lubricating your rectum (kitchen oil should work fine, but body or massage oil might be preferable) - just pour the lubricant into your rectum, and hopefully you should be able to pull it out without much trouble. However, if the tampon is so far up your rectum that you cannot easily pull it out, go to your local emergency room and have them remove it for you. Either way, you're likely to have a sore rectum for a few days.

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Intestines

Can rectal cancer be cured?

Yes, if it is caught in time and has not spread to other organs or the bones.

Any cancer can be cured if caught in time. We all have cancer cells in our body, it is whether or not these cells metastasize (spread) that determines our outcome.

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How big is a man's rectum?

Big enough to put a fist in it

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What should you do if you found your son trying to stuff a tampon up his rectum?

Explain to him the function of the rectum and how he could possibly cause internal damage by sticking foreign objects up there. I would also use the opportunity to discuss sexual issues if he is at the experimental/curious age.

However, inserting a sterile, lubricated tampon into the anus is generally harmless.

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Intestines

Is there a danger when YOU PUT petroleum jelly in the rectum?

(but I wouldn't try!)

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Laboratory Testing
Drug Tests
Body Temperature
Rectum

What is the normal temperature range of a urinalysis?

95.6 -98.6 unless you are running a fever

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Intestines

What is the test called where tube is inserted into rectum?

If it is for cleansing it is an enema. A more sophisticated version is called a colonic. And when a doctor exams the colon, it is a colonoscopy.

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What is rectal digging?

Rectal digging is the insertion of the fingers into the rectum to extract faeces.

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Back Neck and Spine
Rectum

What could a lump at the top of your butt crack be?

Most commonly a pilonidal cyst.

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