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Colorectal Diseases

Tortuous colon

04/27/2009

Question:

I get severe abdominal pains due to constipation. My colonscopy shows a long and tortuous colon. My gastroenterologist recommended that I use Kristalose (10 grams) daily. I eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and consume a large amount of liquids daily. I there anything else that I can do to help relieve the discomfort and help to avoid constipation? Thanks in advance for your response.

Answer:

If dietary means are not working well, then laxatives may need to be used. Kristalose is one; there are many others. Try to avoid stimulant laxatives if at all possible, as there may be long term implications from their use.

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati