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Infant Dyschezia: Looking out for Number Two

Defecation requires two coordinated events: pelvic floor relaxation and an increase in intra abdominal pressure. The coordination of the defecatory act carries with it developmental overtones and the failure to meet developmental milestones in the control of defecation results in functional symptoms.

Topics: Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Fact Sheet, Other Disorders/Symptoms

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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