Small Intestine

Intestinal segment between stomach and large intestine , length 3.3-4.4yd. (3-4m), diameter 0.8-1.2inch (20-30mm).
Function: Absorption of nourishments

Common affections of the small intestine:

  • Adhesions resulting from previous operations (adhesions, adhesive bands)
  • Inflammatory intestinal affections

Pathology depending on clinical picture:

  • Pain
  • Intestinal obstruction (ileus)
  • Blood addition into the stools


  • X-ray
  • Computertomography (CT)
  • Ultrasound
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy

Therapy depending on clinical picture:

  • Urgent operation
  • Anti-inflammatory therapy