Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Laxative Abuse Evaluation

The evaluation of laxative abuse begins with a history and physical examination.

The physical exam is usually normal in someone who abuses laxatives.

Tests that may be used to evaluate laxative abuse include:

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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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