Surreptitious laxative ingestion. Delayed recognition of a serious condition: a case report

Nicholas F La Russo, D. B. McGill

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Abstract

A 46 yr old man with chronic diarrhea underwent exhaustive investigations, including laparotomy, but a definitive diagnosis could not be made. It was not until a colonoscopic biopsy demonstrated the pigment of melanosis coli that the surreptitious use of laxatives was considered seriously. This diagnosis was confirmed by simple chemical tests that demonstrated phenolphthalein in the feces and urine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)706-708
Number of pages3
JournalMayo Clinic Proceedings
Volume50
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1975

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Laxatives
Eating
Phenolphthalein
Melanosis
Feces
Laparotomy
Diarrhea
Urine
Biopsy

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Surreptitious laxative ingestion. Delayed recognition of a serious condition : a case report. / La Russo, Nicholas F; McGill, D. B.

In: Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Vol. 50, No. 12, 1975, p. 706-708.

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