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Ileocolonic anastomosis. Endoscopic view of the surgical join (diagonal line) between two sections of bowel. A diseased or cancerous section of bowel is removed, and the healthy parts either side are joined (an anastomosis) to create continuous healthy bowel. Here the ileum, or small intestine, is seen upper right and the region lower left, below the join, is the colon, or large intestine.
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