Chapter Nine. Care of the Client with Gastrointestinal Disorders

The gastrointestinal (GI) system begins with the mouth and ends with the anus. It is approximately 25 feet in length in the adult. The primary functions of the GI system are food digestion, extraction of nutrients, and waste elimination. Parts of the GI tract include

Image Mouth

Image Esophagus

Image Stomach

Small and large intestine

Salivary glands

Liver

Gallbladder

Pancreas

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