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Intestinal disorders

Conditions affecting that part of the alimentary tract in which food is digested and absorbed. The intestine is divided into two main parts: the small intestine (duodenum, jejunum and ileum) and the large intestine (colon). Food is digested in the small intestine, with the aid of juices, enzymes and other substances produced by the stomach intestinal wall, pancreas and gall bladder. The large intestine is the organ in which excrement is concentrated by the removal of water to produce firm faeces. A large number of disorders can affect the function of the intestine. Congenital abnormalities can cause digestive difficulties (such as galactosaemia) or even obstruction (through faulty alignment of the intes-

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