descending colon

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descend′ing co′lon

(ˈkoʊ lən)
the last portion of the colon.
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Noun1.descending colon - the part of the large intestine that descends from the transverse colon to the sigmoid colondescending colon - the part of the large intestine that descends from the transverse colon to the sigmoid colon
large intestine - beginning with the cecum and ending with the rectum; includes the cecum and the colon and the rectum; extracts moisture from food residues which are later excreted as feces
colon - the part of the large intestine between the cecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted
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Meanwhile, acute inflamed, friable mucosal changes were noticed from the sigmoid colon [Figure 1]a to the proximal descending colon [Figure 1]b.
Endoscopic imagery of the distal sigmoid colon (A), proximal sigmoid colon (B), descending colon (C), and base of cecum (D), revealing diffuse colitis with mucosal erythema, edema, and mucopurulent exudate without ulceration.
The descending colon and recto-sigmoid segment are situated normally.
However, after the splenic flexure, the descending colon returned to the right side toward the midline and the sigmoid colon was directed to the right side.
The remaining distal part of the transverse colon, the descending colon, the sigmoid colon, and the rectum develops from the hindgut that is the last part of the primitive intestine (3-5, 7, 8).
Cases included in our study, were mostly showing tumor in the ascending colon while few cases were seen in descending colon.
Intraoperative picture showing large fluid filled cyst (containing six litres of dark fluid), arising from mesentery of descending colon
Inflammation extended to the descending colon, body and tail of the pancreas, as well as small bowel mesentery resulting in partial small bowel obstruction.
Simple and contrast radiographs showed decreased motility in the large intestine and sharp reduction of the gut lumen with thickening of the transverse colon and cranial third of the descending colon.
Colonoscopy demonstrated multiple ulcers with severe inflammation in the descending colon (Figure 3); biopsy showed crypt abscesses and the infiltration of inflammatory cells, including neutrophils and eosinophils (Figure 4); UC was diagnosed.
The transverse and descending colon were both spared and an ileostomy was fashioned.