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Chronic Constipation: From Evaluation to Treatment

Constipation is a common symptom that affects virtually everyone at some point in their life. Occasional constipaion will generally respond to simple lifestyle measures. But constipation that is chronic or recurrent may indicate the need to see a doctor for evaluation and treatment. The term constipation includes a complex of symptoms related to slow, impaired, difficult, or painful defecation. An in-depth review of causes, diagnosis, and treatments.

Topics: Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Fact Sheet, Motility

About the Author

  • Robert D. Madoff, MD, FACS

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery & Director of Research, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

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