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Cleve Clin J Med. 1999 Jan;66(1):41-6.

Constipation: an approach to diagnosis, treatment, referral.

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Department of Gastroenterology-Hepatology, Cleveland Clinic, OH 44195, USA.

Abstract

When a patient reports constipation, a careful history and physical examination may identify the underlying cause. In many patients, though, no underlying cause is identified. Empiric treatment with exercise, hydration, fiber supplementation, and mild laxatives is often effective. If constipation does not resolve with these measures, then the physician may refer the patient for further testing for slow colonic transit, pelvic floor dysfunction, or anatomical defects, and in difficult and recalcitrant cases for surgical treatment.

PMID:
9926630
DOI:
10.3949/ccjm.66.1.41
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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