Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Research redefines constipation

New research by King's College London, published today in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, finds that the public's perception of constipation differs drastically from that of doctors' and from the formal diagnosis ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Health Check: what causes constipation?

Most people have experienced being blocked up from time to time, whether it's while travelling, after taking painkillers, or when you've let your diet go.

Pediatrics

Preschoolers with chronic constipation tend to be picky eaters

In the first study of its kind in the U.S., researchers found that normally developing preschool children with chronic constipation have underlying sensory issues that contribute to their difficulties with toileting behaviors. ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Research finds toilet stool may solve common bowel issues

Most people aren't eager to talk about how to improve bowel movements, but researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found the solution to common bowel issues may be as simple as boosting your feet on ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Pelvic physical therapy effective for functional constipation

(HealthDay)—For children with functional constipation (FC), pelvic physical therapy (PPT) is more effective than standard medical care (SMC) for almost all outcomes measured, according to a study published in the January ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study uncovers link between constipation and kidney disease

Researchers have discovered a link between constipation and poor kidney health. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), suggest that the diagnosis and management ...

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Constipation

Constipation (also known as costiveness, dyschezia, and dyssynergic defaecation) refers to bowel movements that are infrequent and/or hard to pass. Constipation is a common cause of painful defecation. Severe constipation includes obstipation (failure to pass stools or gas) and fecal impaction (see also Bowel obstruction).

Constipation is common; in the general population incidence of constipation varies from 2 to 30%.

Constipation is a symptom with many causes. These causes are of two types: obstructed defecation and colonic slow transit (or hypomobility). About 50% of patients evaluated for constipation at tertiary referral hospitals have obstructed defecation. This type of constipation has mechanical and functional causes. Causes of colonic slow transit constipation include diet, hormones, side effects of medications, and heavy metal toxicity.

Treatments include changes in dietary habits, laxatives, enemas, biofeedback, and surgery. Because constipation is a symptom, not a disease, effective treatment of constipation may require first determining the cause.

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