The Gastrointestinal System: Understanding Normal Development and Function The gastrointestinal system has the basic function of digesting food into nutrients and then eliminating the waste. The structures and organs of the gastrointestinal tract develop from a simple tube in utero into the specialized areas and organs apparent at birth. Understanding gastrointestinal development helps understand the normal function and ... Article
Article  |   March 15, 2018
The Gastrointestinal System: Understanding Normal Development and Function
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Tsega Temtem
    Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
  • Mark R. Corkins
    Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
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  • Financial: Tsega Temtem has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Mark R. Corkins has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
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  • Nonfinancial: Tsega Temtem has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Mark R. Corkins has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
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Development / Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Part 1
Article   |   March 15, 2018
The Gastrointestinal System: Understanding Normal Development and Function
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2018, Vol. 3, 13-17. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG13.13
History: Received October 1, 2017 , Revised December 12, 2017 , Accepted December 27, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2018, Vol. 3, 13-17. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG13.13
History: Received October 1, 2017; Revised December 12, 2017; Accepted December 27, 2017

The gastrointestinal system has the basic function of digesting food into nutrients and then eliminating the waste. The structures and organs of the gastrointestinal tract develop from a simple tube in utero into the specialized areas and organs apparent at birth. Understanding gastrointestinal development helps understand the normal function and also how the various diseases that affect gastrointestinal function arise.

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