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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 41

The colon in health and disease

Department of Medicine, UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State, Nigeria

Date of Submission14-Apr-2020
Date of Acceptance14-Apr-2020
Date of Web Publication22-May-2020

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Sylvester Chuks Nwokediuko
Department of Medicine, UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/NJGH.NJGH_12_20

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Nwokediuko SC. The colon in health and disease. Niger J Gastroenterol Hepatol 2019;11:41

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Nwokediuko SC. The colon in health and disease. Niger J Gastroenterol Hepatol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2021 Dec 3];11:41. Available from: https://www.njghonweb.org/text.asp?2019/11/2/41/284714

The launch of this issue of the Nigerian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (NJGH), Volume 1 number 2, coincides with the journal's official migration to an online platform where manuscript submission and peer review are completely automated. The editorial committee and the staff of Medknow, Wolters Kluwer of India (our online publisher), have worked assiduously to make this possible, and we sincerely thank them for their professionalism and hard work. Our esteemed authors, reviewers, and readers are enjoined to visit the journal website (www.journalonweb.com/njgh) and have a feel of the user-friendly platform.

This issue of NJGH spotlights the colon, the part of the gastrointestinal tract responsible for reabsorption of water and electrolytes from the intestinal content with consequent stool formation and eventual propulsion toward the rectum and elimination during defecation. The colon also plays a role in production and absorption of vitamins through the action of trillions of bacteria that inhabit the organ.

A good knowledge of what constitutes normal bowel habit is a prerequisite for proper evaluation of constipation and diarrhea. One of the original papers in this issue describes defecation frequency and stool form in a typical African population.

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death globally. As a result of increased awareness and screening, the survival rate for this cancer has been increasing in the last three decades. Detection of polyps (which are regarded as the precursors of colorectal cancer) and early diagnosis have tremendously improved the outlook. Akere et al. report a clinic-pathologic study of polyps in South Western Nigeria. In the same vein, Alatishe et al., working under the auspices of Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria (SOGHIN), present a robust guideline for colorectal cancer screening in Nigeria. This is part of the efforts of SOGHIN to stop this cancer in its tracks.

Once more, we welcome you to www.journalonweb.com/njgh and enjoy the wonderful experience of seamless manuscript management.


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