Essay on Fantastic Voyage Continues

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Fantastic Voyage
Desire Fleming
HS130, Section 03
Unit 9 Assignment
Kaplan University
6/13/2014
Fantastic Voyage This essay will discuss the travels of a hamburger, french fries, and a root beer through the gastrointestinal tract of a 55 year old man. There will be a lot of sights to explore along the way. A description of the entire digestive process will take place. After the description, the voyage will continue on through the distal ilium through the mucosal membrane. Then travels will resume in the bloodstream via the superior mesenteric vein. All major passageways and structures will be described going through the superior mesenteric vein all the way to the left renal artery. Once the voyage gets to the kidney, the nearest
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The esophagus is a narrow tube that extends from the pharynx all the way down to the stomach (Collins, 2000). The body's muscle contractions are what help transport the food forward through the esophagus. These contractions are also known as peristalsis. At the bottom end of the esophagus there is a sphincter (lower esophagus sphincter) that will open and allow food to enter the stomach and then immediately close shut to keep the food from going back up. Occasionally this sphincter may malfunction and cause food in the stomach to reenter the esophagus which in turn can cause acid reflux. Symptoms of acid reflux include burning chest pain, burping, bloating, nausea, or regurgitation (WebMD, 2005). Now in the stomach, there is a very noticeable acidic environment. In the stomach there are different enzymes called pepsin and stomach acid that work to break down the food even further. The food then turns into a gravy like consistency called chyme when it is ready to leave the stomach (Barrett & Kroger, 2000). The next stop following the stomach is the small intestine. There are three parts to the small intestine. The duodenum is the first and shortest part. Next is the jejunum, and finally the ileum. The lining of the small intestine contains mucous and glands called intestinal glands, which produce intestinal digestive juices. The lining is also arranged into small

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