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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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.
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.