cathartic colon

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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.
Mentioned in: Laxatives