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While anesthetized, patients sometimes vomit. Given that the anesthetic eliminates the swallowing reflex, explain why it's dangerous for an anesthetized patient to vomit.
Achlorhydria is a condition in which the stomach stops producing hydrochloric acid and other secretions. What effect would achlorhydria have on the digestive process? On red blood cell count?
Victor Worry experienced the pain of a duodenal ulcer during final examination week. Describe the possible reasons. Explain what habits could have caused the ulcer, and recommend a reasonable remedy.
Gallstones sometimes obstruct the common bile duct. What are the consequences of such a blockage?
A patient has a spinal cord injury at level L2 of the spinal cord. How will this injury affect the patient's ability to defecate? What components of the defecation response are still present, and which are lost?
The bowel (colon) occasionally can become impacted. Given what you know about the functions of the colon and the factors that determine the movement of substances across the colon wall, predict the effect of the impaction on the contents of the colon above the point of impaction.

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