Duodenum Information

Duodenum - located at the junction of the stomach and the small intestine, the duodenum is the first part of the small intestine.

Functions of the Duodenum

  • Neutralizes the the thick liquid mixture of partly-digested food and acid from the stomach
  • Receives bile from the gallbladder, and other digestive enzymes from the pancreas
  • The food mixes with bile, mucus, and pancreatic and other digestive enzymes
  • The bulk of the digestion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates takes place in the duodenum before the material travels further
  • After the food leaves the small intestine, the next organ is the duodenum. The small intestine is the organ where most digestion occurs. It is very important to keep an eye on your stools during defecation because signs of abnormality in your feces can be early indicators of problems in the duodenum, small intestine, the greater digestive system, or anywhere else in the body.

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