Peristalsis are a series of muscle contractions that occur in your digestive tract. Peristalsis is also seen insome organs that connect the kidneys to the bladder.
Peristalsis is an automatic and important process. It moves:
- Food through the digestive system.
- Urine from the kidneys into the bladder
- Bile from the gallbladder into the duodenum
Peristalsis is a normal function of the body. It can sometimes be felt in your belly (abdomen) as gas moves along.
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Digestive system - illustration
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Peristalsis - illustration
Review Date: 11/5/2012
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.