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A 33-year-old female asked:

Hi, i have abused laxatives. (stimulant type). will my doc know from a colonoscopy? does this abuse cause crohn's disease or result in stoma.

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Dr. Enrique Molina
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Usually not: by a colonoscopy we usually can't tell if you take too much laxatives, however in some people the colon becomes "black" from longterm laxative use (melanosis), but this is benign without clinical significance. abuse of laxatives does not cause Crohn's

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Last updated May 20, 2014

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