Laxative Abuse

by Carlo Raj, MD

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    Laxative abuse causing diarrhea Common especially amongst the elderly because as we get older, our ability to properly be, well, hyper promotion may be compromised. So therefore oftentimes, these patients are taking laxative either prescribed or non–prescribed but they're taking it. Abuse. Colonoscopy will show something called "Melanosis coli" Barium enema will show "cathartic colon" A Barium enema, so you're moving down, or excuse me, you're moving up the anus. Alright, Barium enema will show you cathartic colon. Stool phenolphthalein was a diagnostic test but now, of course, withdrawn because of FDA. Stool panel for laxatives are now available. And treat underlying emotional disorder. So sometimes remember with laxative abuse, there might be psychologic issues that are taking place....

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    The lecture Laxative Abuse by Carlo Raj, MD is from the course Small and Large Intestine Diseases.

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    1. Melanosis coli
    2. Cathartic colon
    3. Pseudomembranes
    4. Pseudopolyps
    5. Serpentine ulcers
    1. Barium enema
    2. Colonoscopy
    3. CT abdomen with contrast
    4. MRI abdomen
    5. CT abdomen without contrast
    1. Stool panel for laxatives
    2. Stool Phenophtalein
    3. Colonoscopy
    4. X-ray of the colon
    5. CT of abdomen

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     Carlo Raj, MD

    Carlo Raj, MD

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