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Do we need Colonic Manometry to Diagnose Functional Fecal Retention?

Most people feel that a daily stool is a sign of good health at any age. Some people pay close attention to the frequency, size, and consistency of their children's stools. Any deviation from the expected norm is a source of concern and leads to a call or visit to the doctor's office. About 3% of visits to the pediatrician's office, and 25% of pediatric gastroenterology specialist visits, are for constipation. Functional fecal retention is the most common cause of childhood constipation.

Topics: Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Fact Sheet, Tests, lower GI tract

About the Author

  • Jose Cocjin, MD

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

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