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Duodenum

Duodenum

The duodenum, or the first part of the small intestine, connects to the stomach. The duodenum is about 10 in. (25.4 cm) long and curved, almost forming a circle.

Last Revised: January 4, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology

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