Peristaltismo

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Definición

Es una serie de contracciones musculares organizadas que ocurren en el tubo digestivo y que también se observan en algunos órganos que conectan los riñones a la vejiga.

Es un proceso automático e importante que moviliza: 

  • Los alimentos a través del aparato digestivo.
  • La orina desde los riñones a la vejiga.
  • La desde la vesícula biliar hasta el . 

El peristaltismo es una función normal del cuerpo que algunas veces se puede sentir en el vientre (abdomen) durante el tránsito de los gases.

Peristalsis

Nombres alternativos

Motilidad intestinal

Información

Referencias

Afdhal NH. Diseases of the gallbladder and bile ducts. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 158.

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