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Gastrointestinal Tract

The Duodenum

The duodenum is a short portion of the small intestine connecting the rest of the intestine to the stomach. It is about ten inches (25 cm) long, while the entire small intestine measures about 20 feet (6.5 meters). It begins with the duodenal bulb, bordered by the pyloric sphincter that marks the lower end of the stomach, and is connected by the ligament of Treitz to the diaphragm before leading into the next portion of the small intestine, the jejunum.

Diagnosing Duodenum Disorders

Your physician may wish to investigate a problem with your duodenum by performing one of the following procedures: