cathartic colon

A colon affected by long-term abuse of cathartics and laxatives

cathartic colon

GI disease A colon affected by long-term abuse of cathartics, laxatives Clinical Intractable diarrhea with hypokalemia, protein-losing enteropathy, cachexia, hypogammaglobulinemia, finger-clubbing, and potentially ↑ constipation, with vicious cycle of ↑ use of purgatives Imaging Barium studies may be normal, have complete loss of haustral markings, or mimic ulcerative colitis

Cathartic colon

A poorly functioning colon, resulting from the chronic abuse of stimulant cathartics.
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Some of the dangers include cathartic colon, dehydration, electrolyte abnormalities, hemorrhoids, intestinal injury, irritable bowel syndrome, metabolic acidosis and metabolic alkalosis.
Loss of haustration is not unique to UC; it also occurs in Crohn's colitis, cathartic colon, diversion colitis, dysenteries, tuberculous strictures, progressive systemic sclerosis and amyloid infiltration.
The differential diagnosis for a lead pipe appearance of the colon includes Crohn's disease, cathartic colon (which usually occurs in the descending colon and spares the rectum), tuberculosis, and, rarely, amebiasis.