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Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-obstruction in Children: An Overview

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.

Topics: Colonic inertia, Pseudo-obstruction, Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Fact Sheet, Motility

About the Author

  • Paul E. Hyman, MD

    Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Director of Gastroenterology Department, Children's Hospital; Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA

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