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Laxative abuse

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Laxative abuse is found to be the cause of chronic diarrhoea after comprehensive investigation in about 20% of patients (1).

The results of laboratory evaluation of laxative abuse are detailed in the menu item.


  • Donowitz M et al (1995). Evaluation of patients with chronic diarrhoea. NEJM, 332, 725-9.

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