Can a stomach eat itself?

 
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9,140 IKU
Posted on Jul. 30th, 2008

Well obviously, the stomach doesn't eat, for starters. It simply contains an acid that breaks down food. The stomach is lined with a protective mucous membrane that isn't effected by the acid, obviously.

So, if by eat itself, you mean the acid breaks through the wall, then yeah, it can happen, if the mucous layer dissipates, and then you would die, because the acid would escape and destroy the rest of your organs, hurray.

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Posted on Jul. 24th, 2008

No, the walls of the stomach are extremely resistant to the digestive enzymes on our stomach. If they weren't they'd eat right through the walls of our stomachs and out into our bodies!

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203 IKU
Posted on Jul. 28th, 2008

yes i believe so

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281 IKU
Posted on Jul. 27th, 2008

Actually it can

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301 IKU
Posted on Jul. 27th, 2008

i heard it can when you are stranded and begin starving

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245 IKU
Posted on Jul. 28th, 2008

yes sir...ma'am

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221 IKU
Posted on Jul. 27th, 2008

plain and simple yes

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245 IKU
Posted on Jul. 27th, 2008

Yes if you are starving then eventually it will eat itself

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Posted on Jul. 28th, 2008

if you get hungry enough yes

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