Gastroileal Reflex – Physiology

  • Gastroileal reflex is one of the ways in which gastric motility influences intestinal motility
  • When there is vigorous gastric peristalsis of increased secretion, it stimulates peristalsis in the ileum
  • This causes the ileal contents to be pushed into the colon, in turn stimulating colonic peristalsis and an urge to defecate
  • Another example of gastric motility influencing intestinal motility is Migratory myoelectric complex

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