Original communication| Volume 13, ISSUE 1, P81-86, January 1943

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Intestinal activity after obstruction of common bile duct

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      Obstruction of the common bile duct was followed by a marked decrease of activity in exteriorized loops of jejunum and ileum during the first two weeks after operation. Subsequently, intestinal activity increased but never equaled the normal amount in the jaundiced animals. The decrease of intestinal activity occurred in both the fasting and digesting states but was more noticeable in the latter. It is suggested that the biliary constituents retained in the blood, particularly the bile salts, may be of importance in causing the observed alteration of intestinal activity.
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