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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 10, Issue 4, Pages 261-273

Small Bowel Review: Part II

ABR Thomson,1,2 JA Thomson,1 MJ Ropeleski,1,3 and GE Wild3

1Nutrition and Metabolism Research Group, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, UK
3Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, and Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Received 20 February 1995; Revised 14 August 1995

Copyright © 1996 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Major scientific advances have been made over the past few years in the areas of small bowel physiology, pathology, microbiology and clinical sciences. Over 1000 papers have been reviewed and a selective number are considered here. Wherever possible, the clinical relevance of these advances have been identified. Topics discussed are enterocyte proliferation and growth factors; amino acids, peptides and allergies; motility; salt and water absorption and secretion – diarrhea; vitamins and minerals; early development and ageing of the intestine; and ethanol effects.