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Topic: Constipation, difficult to pass stools

  1. Brochure, Fact Sheet: Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-obstruction


    By: Paul E. Hyman, MD

    Your child has been diagnosed as having intestinal pseudo-obstruction or some other form of chronic gastrointestinal motility disorder. This brochure has been written to help you understand these disorders and the effects they may have on your child.

    Also available offline as a glossy color brochure (3.5" x 8.5"). Contact IFFGD for details.

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  2. Brochure: Hirschsprung's Disease


    By: Jacob C. Langer, MD; International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders IFFGD

    This fact sheet was written to answer questions about Hirschsprung's disease, treatment, surgery, and follow up.

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  3. Fact Sheet: Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-obstruction in Children: An Overview


    By: Paul E. Hyman, MD

    Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIP) is the name given to a number of rare disorders that cause impaired gastrointestinal motility (movement in the digestive tract). A diagnosis of CIP is based on symptoms that occur when the intestine is blocked and on clinical findings. In pseudo-obstruction, the symptoms are caused not by a surgically correctable tumor, twist, or ulcer in the bowel, but by a problem having to do with the strength or coordination of the contractions that move along the contents of the bowel.

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  4. Fact Sheet: Bellyaches in Children


    By: Paul E. Hyman, MD

    Every child complains about a bellyache now and then. How can a parent tell what is wrong, and if it is dangerous? It is not always easy. Children less than 5 or 6 years of age often do not have the words to describe their sensations accurately. Toddlers do not separate emotional from physical distress. The young child's bellyache may represent hunger, fatigue, or a need to use the bathroom. School age children may wake with bellyaches on school days. Are they sick, or just anxious about an important test? Revised and updated 2009.

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  5. Fact Sheet: Childhood Defecation Disorders: Constipation and Soiling


    By: Paul E. Hyman, MD

    The purpose of this publication is to describe the characteristics and treatment of four pediatric functional gastrointestinal disorders that prompt parents to bring their child to the doctor for constipation and/or soiling: infant dyschezia, functional constipation, functional fecal retention, and non-retentive fecal soiling. [A functional disorder refers to a condition where the primary abnormality is an altered physiological function (the way the body works) rather than an abnormality that is characterized by tissue damage or inflammation.] Revised and updated 2009.

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  6. Fact Sheet: Know Thy Laxatives: A Parent's Guide to the Successful Management of Chronic Functional Constipation in Infants and Children


    By: Joseph Levy, MD; Diana Volpert, MD

    Constipation remains one of the most common intestinal problems affecting children – and a source of bewilderment and worry for many parents. Fortunately, most constipation in infants and children is not caused by any serious underlying medical disease. The challenge, therefore, is for parents to manage constipation, guided by an understanding of why their child experiences difficulties when evacuating stool.

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  7. Fact Sheet: Defecation Disorders after Surgery for Hirschsprung's Disease


    By: Paul E. Hyman, MD

    Over 1,000 new cases of Hirschsprung's disease are diagnosed in the USA every year. More than half the children treated appropriately with surgery for Hirschsprung's disease suffer from chronic problems with constipation, incontinence, and/or abdominal pain. Even as adults, over half will experience occasional episodes of incontinence, and 10% will endure constipation unresponsive to medical management. Nonetheless, adjustment for teenagers and young adults with Hirschsprung's disease is not different than for healthy children; successful adjustment depends largely on family support. Revised and updated 2009.

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  8. Fact Sheet: Report from IFFGD Research Award Winner: Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Assessment and Treatment


    By: Caroline Elder Danda, PhD

    I am particularly interested in identifying factors that predispose children and adolescents with functional gastrointestinal disorders to experience disability and identifying psychosocial factors that affect treatment outcome.

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  9. Fact Sheet: Constipation in Young Children


    By: Paul E. Hyman, MD

    Answers to the questions: Are there long-term affects of an acute inflammatory disease of the intestines that occurs mainly in under-weight or premature infants called NEC [Necrotizing enterocolitis]? Could having constipation now do any damage to an affected child's bowel as a result of his having had this disease? Reviewed 2009.

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  10. Fact Sheet: Report from IFFGD Research Award Winner: Research into Treatment-Resistant Constipation in Children


    By: Bridgett Southwell, PhD

    Constipation and fecal soiling in children and teenagers are major impediments to education. Schools will not accept children who cannot toilet themselves. Children whose soiled clothing gives off an odor are ostracized by others. We have developed a 6 point approach to treating children with chronic constipation.

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