Provide a detailed description of the path of chyme, and later feces, from the duodenum to the anus

Mr. D is a 60 yr old with fever, abdominal pain, decreased appetite, and nausea for the past 24 hrs. There are no new foods in his diet and he has not been traveling or eating out. He had a screening colonoscopy 5 years ago that showed diverticula in his colon but he never had any problem with them.


Physical: Mr. D appears tired and in pain. Exam is significant for abdominal tenderness to touch.




White blood count is elevated on CBC


Amylase, lipase and liver function tests are normal


Abdominal CT scan shows diverticulitis




Diverticulitis- this occurs when diverticula (thin areas in the wall of the intestine that form “outpocketing”) become inflamed. Risk factors include a low-fiber diet and constipation. Treatment for diverticulitis includes avoiding solid foods, hydration, and antibiotics.




Answer the following questions and save your responses in a Microsoft Word document. Provide a scholarly resource in APA format to support your answers.


1. Provide a detailed description of the path of chyme, and later feces, from the duodenum to the anus, identifying the different portions of the small and large intestines.


2. Describe 2 important functions of the small intestine.


3. Describe 2 important functions of the large intestine


4. Diverticulitis most often affects the sigmoid colon. Based on your knowledge of its location in the abdomen in which of the following quadrants do you predict the location of pain to be? 


5. If diverticulitis worsens it can lead to life-threatening peritonitis. Describe 2 functions of the peritoneum.

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