Selected data of macroscopic dimensions of intestine

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Organism Human Homo sapiens
Reference Helander HF, Fändriks L. Surface area of the digestive tract - revisited. Scand J Gastroenterol. 2014 Jun49(6):681-9. doi: 10.3109/00365521.2014.898326. p.684 table IIPubMed ID24694282
Primary Source See refs in 1st & 2nd page beneath table
Method See "method" column in table
Comments "The axial dimension (“length”) of the gut reported in the literature varies considerably. Data obtained during laparotomy display a much more elongated organ than the data obtained not involving direct manipulation of the intestine. As can be seen in Table II, radiological- and intubation-based assessments show the length of the small intestine to be around 300 cm, thus being roughly one-half of what has been recorded during abdominal surgery. The length of the large intestine is reported to vary between~110 and ~190 cm. Data obtained at autopsy show longer intestines (data not included). The crosssectional dimension of the gut is as difficult to assess as the length during living conditions, but recent radiological developments have produced data, where mechanical handling of the intestine is minimized." See notes beneath table
Entered by Uri M
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