Melanosis Coli - An Atypical Presentation

Authors

  • HAM Nazmul Ahasan Professor, Department of Medicine, Dhaka Medical College
  • Mohammad Ashik Imran Khan Post-graduate trainee, Department of Medicine, Dhaka Medical College
  • Md Shahriar Mahbub Post-graduate trainee, Department of Medicine, Dhaka Medical College
  • Md Billal Alam Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Dhaka Medical College
  • Md Titu Miah Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Dhaka Medical College
  • Ratan Das Gupta Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Dhaka Medical College
  • Khan Mohammad Arif Indoor Medical Officer, Department of Medicine, Dhaka Medical College

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jom.v11i2.5469

Keywords:

Melanosis coli, Anthraquinone, Lipofuscin, Laxative, Bangladesh

Abstract

Melanosis Coli is described as black or brown discoloration of the mucosa of the colon. It is a benign condition, which
arises from anthraquinone laxative abuse and usually has no symptoms of its own. Though not a very rare condition,
to the best of our knowledge, no case has been reported on melanosis coli in Bangladesh . Here we report a case of
middle aged lady presenting with passage of blood mixed stool for one year. Colonoscopy was performed which
revealed melanosis coli and which was later confirmed by histopathology. Not thought to be a pre malignant
condition, it has been found in some patients with other diseases.

Keywords:
Melanosis coli; Anthraquinone; Lipofuscin; Laxative; Bangladesh

DOI: 10.3329/jom.v11i2.5469

J MEDICINE 2010; 11 : 183-185

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Ahasan, H. N., Khan, M. A. I., Mahbub, M. S., Alam, M. B., Miah, M. T., Gupta, R. D., & Arif, K. M. (2010). Melanosis Coli - An Atypical Presentation. Journal of Medicine, 11(2), 183–185. https://doi.org/10.3329/jom.v11i2.5469

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