Colonic Physiology

  • Ursula M. Szmulowicz
  • Tracy L. Hull


The human colon is a dynamic organ, involved in a vast array of functions, including the absorption of water and electrolytes, the salvage of unabsorbed nutrients, and the transport of luminal contents as feces. While not an organ essential for life, the colon still plays a major role in maintaining the overall health of the human body. Understanding these physiologic principles is integral to the successful treatment – both medical and surgical – of colonic disease.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ursula M. Szmulowicz
    • 1
  • Tracy L. Hull
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Colorectal SurgeryCleveland Clinic FoundationClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Department of Colon and Rectal SurgeryCleveland Clinic FoundationClevelandUSA

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