What are the different parts of the large intestine?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

The large intestine is the last organ in the gastrointestinal system picking up where the small intestine leaves off. It is charged with removing water from the leftover solids of digestion and eliminating it as stool. Cancer can form anywhere inside the five foot tube that squares the abdominal cavity.

The large intestine extends up on the right side (ascending colon), making a left turn past the liver and across (transverse colon), bending down at the spleen on the left (descending colon), looping to the middle (sigmoid colon) before passing through the rectum and out the anus. (The cecum and appendix balloon off the ascending colon just below the juncture between the colon and small intestine.)

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