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Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2000 Jun;2(3):234-40.

Advances in the management of pediatric constipation.

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Combined Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


Constipation in children is a common concern. There is no single treatment; many children do not respond and continue to have chronic problems. This lack of response is multifactorial, but it is most likely related to the fact that the exact pathophysiology of constipation in children is not known. Diagnostic criteria (Rome II classification) and algorithms proposed by the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (NASPGN) for evaluation and treatment of children with constipation were recently published and are summarized here. The effectiveness of new treatments such as dietary interventions, prokinetic agents, biofeedback, and polyethylene-glycol electrolyte (PEG) solutions is discussed in this review.

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