I'm not sure if I have read why it happens.I think the width is similar. I don't know if the mechanics of straining is the issue...there doesn't seem to be an association with chronic diarrhea in anything I have read.K.
It may depend on what is meant by redundant colon. It appears that certain laxatives can result in loss of the haustral folds so perhaps this appears on x-ray if the colon had been stretched out. But I'm not sure if it is identical to having been born with a naturally elongated colon.quote:i have heard that long term laxative abuse can cause this. is that true?
I don't think it could, but it might probably increase muscle mass of the colon. That would be a change in width. However, what exactly does exaggerated peristalsis mean. In slow-transit constipation, it appears there is much less peristalsis present. In some with IBS, there are more frequent power contractions, but this peristalsis is normal in amplitude, only more in frequency. So I'm not sure that would alter its muscle mass.quote:and i'm still wondering if you've had exaggerated persistalsis, if that would cause the elongation in your colon. and if so, how?
I doubt the intestine can grow in adulthood like when we think of growth as in a person gets taller, but the intestine is a flexible tube and when it is unflexed, so to speak, it would be longer. It could be that certain laxatives can cause that.quoteoesn't seem logical it could have "grown" from 6 ft. to 7 l/2 ft. in that short of time