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Normal Ileo-cecal Valve

This is a video that illustrates what view the doctor has during a colonoscopy examination. During colonoscopy, the scope is passed about 6 feet inside - all the way from the rectum to the very beginning of the colon on the right side. This is where the end of the small intestine connects to the large intestine, or colon. The end of the small instestine is called the ileum. The beginning of the colon is called the cecum. So, the valve that separates the two is called the Ileo-cecal valve. In this short video, you can see the scope passing through the opening of the valve and a short distance up into the small intestine.

The small intestine digests and absorbs your food. The colon takes the remaining liquid waste, reabsorbs most of the water, and expels the solid waste as a bowel movement, or stool. The ileo-cecal valve regulates the flow of liquid waste from the small intestine to the colon.

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Normal Ileo-cecal Valve


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