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Reports of explosions occurring in bowel are false
Is it a Myth or a Fact? Find out below
Can you imagine a blast occurring inside the colon. No kidding! Actually explosions have occurred in the bowel during procedures when electric cautery is applied. When stool is present in the colon, there is fermentation of unabsorbed carbohydrates by the bacteria. Gases are produced as a result of these breaking down process. Many of these gases are explosive and combustible. Exposure to electric current may result in explosion in the colon (just like a bomb literally) and such cases have been reported in scientific literature. Therefore, during lower GI scope (colonoscopy), we do not use electric current if the colon has not undergone adequate cleansing using cathartics/enemas etc.
Flatulence is the expulsion through the rectum of a mixture of gases that are byproducts of the digestion process of mammals and other animals. The mixture of gases is known as flatus, (informally) fart, or simply gas, and is expelled from the rectum in a process colloquially referred to as "passing gas" or "farting". Flatus is brought to the rectum by the same peristaltic process which causes feces to descend from the large intestine. Depending upon the relative state of the anal sphincter (relaxed/tense) and the positions of the buttocks, this often results in an audible crackling or trumpeting sound, but gas can also be passed quietly. The noises commonly associated with flatulence are caused by the vibration of the anal sphincter, and occasionally by the closed buttocks.
The olfactory components of flatulence include skatole, indole, and sulfurous compounds. The non-odorous gases are mainly nitrogen (ingested), carbon dioxide (produced by aerobic microbes or ingested), and hydrogen (produced by some microbes and consumed by others), as well as lesser amounts of oxygen (ingested) and methane (produced by anaerobic microbes). Odors result from trace amounts of other components (often containing sulfur compounds).
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