GI Systems & Disorders

At Minnesota Gastroenterology, we know that patients and families want to know as much as they can about the GI system and disorders that affect their daily lives.  Refer to the list below to find the information that is most helpful to you.  If you still have questions, please contact us through our website Quick Links or call (612) 871-1145 to make an office appointment.

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Melanosis Coli

What is melanosis coli?
Melanosis coli is a dark brown discoloration (pigmentation) of the lining of the colon walls. Melanosis coli is harmless, does not cause symptoms and can be  observed during routine colonoscopy.

What are the causes of melanosis coli?
The most common cause of melanosis coli is the chronic use of laxatives such as Senna- including Senna-containing teas.

What are the treatment options?
Consider stopping senna laxatives, after discussing with your provider.