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what do age related changes in the digestive system reflect?
changes in other body systems; digestion and absorption continues to occur normally
age-related changes in other systems due to digestive system changes include what?
1. a slowed rate of epithelial stem cell division; 2. a decrease in smooth muscle tone; 3. the appearance of cumulative damage; 4. an increase in cancer rates; 5. numerous changes in other systems
what is achalasia?
the blockage of the lower part of the esophagus due to weak peristalsis and malfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter
what is cirrhosis?
a condition caused by the destruction of hepatocytes by drug exposure, viral infection, ischemia, etc.
what is a colostomy?
attachment by surgical procedure to the abdominal wall, bypassing the distal portion of the large intestine
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