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Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too much water or if the colon’s muscle contractions are slow or sluggish, causing the stool to move through the colon too slowly.
Functional constipation that stems from problems in the structure of the anus and rectum is known as anorectal dysfunction, or anismus.
Constipation may also cause hard stool to pack the intestine and rectum so tightly that the normal pushing action of the colon is not enough to expel the stool.
digestive.niddk.nih.gov /ddiseases/pubs/constipation   (3705 words)

  Constipation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Constipation or irregularity, is a condition of the digestive system where a person (or animal) experiences hard feces that are difficult to eliminate; it may be extremely painful, and in severe cases (fecal impaction) lead to symptoms of bowel obstruction.
Causes of constipation may be dietary, hormonal, a side effect of medications, and anatomical.
Constipation as a result of poor ambulation or immobility should be considered in the elderly.
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Constipation is a change in normal bowel habits, characterized by a decrease in frequency and/or passage of hard, dry stools.
Constipation is a condition in which a person experiences a change in normal bowel habits, characterized by a decrease in frequency and/or passage of hard, dry stools.
A double-blind trial found that chronic constipation among infants and problems associated with it were triggered by intolerance to cows’milk in two-thirds of the infants studied.
www.kroger.com /hn/Concern/Constipation.htm   (1793 words)

This chronic constipation may be related to multiple problems with hormonal control or with nerves and muscles in the colon, rectum, or anus.
Functional constipation that stems from abnormalities in the structure of the anus and rectum is known as anorectal dysfunction, or anismus.
Constipation may also cause hard stool to pack the intestine and rectum so tightly that the normal pushing action of the colon is not enough to expel the stool.
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The differential diagnosis of constipation is age-related and depends on assessment of the factors that have led to the conclusion that constipation is occurring.
Four conditions should be considered in the differential diagnosis of constipation in infants under the age of six months: Hirschprung’s disease may be suspected in young infants in whom the initial passage of meconium has been delayed over 24 hours.
Constipation may develop in some children in association with use of medications, chemotherapeutic agents, heavy metals, and agents with anti-cholinergic properties.
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 Constipation symptoms, causes, and treatments including laxatives and an approach to the evaluation and treatment of ...
Constipation symptoms, causes, and treatments including laxatives and an approach to the evaluation and treatment of constipation.
At the extreme end of the constipation spectrum is fecal impaction, a condition in which stool hardens in the rectum and prevents the passage of any stool.
Constipation also requires an immediate assessment if it is accompanied by worrisome symptoms such as rectal bleeding, abdominal pain and cramps, nausea and vomiting, and involuntary weight loss.
www.medicinenet.com /constipation/article.htm   (579 words)

Constipation is often caused by a lazy colon that does not contract properly and fails to move the stool to the rectum.
Constipation also can result from a mechanical obstruction, such as tumors or advanced diverticulosis, a disorder which can distort and narrow the lower-left colon.
Constipation usually is a short-term disorder which is easily treated by simple measures.
www.gicare.com /pated/ecdgs07.htm   (1002 words)

Constipation is when bowel movements are occurring less often than usual and when stools are hard or difficult to move.
Constipation can be caused by medicines used to treat cancer, or by narcotics, emotional stress, changes in diet, or decreases in activity.
The degree to which constipation is interfering with your child's comfort and activities is very important to report, because it guides the health care professional to prescribe stronger or gentler medi-cines and actions to relieve the constipation.
www.hmc.psu.edu /hematology/homeguide/constipation.htm   (1725 words)

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Constipation is common in children and may be related to any of the causes noted in the previous section.
Studies show that many children who suffer from constipation when they are older have a history of passing stools that are firmer than average in their early weeks of life.
Constipation may be caused by abnormalities or obstructions of the digestive system in some people.
www.gastro.com /html/constipation.shtml   (2324 words)

 Constipation: Online References For Health Concerns
Complications of constipation include hemorrhoids (which are caused by straining to have a bowel movement) and anal fissures (which are tears in the skin around the anus).
Although constipation in children is usually caused by diet, it may be an indication of a significant organic disorder that can be determined by a thorough medical history and physical examination.
Pregnant women with constipation who were treated with a preparation of 3 to 6 g of glucomannan and 8 to 16 g of lactulose twice a day for 1 to 3 months showed a return of normal frequency of evacuations.
www.lef.org /protocols/prtcl-038.shtml   (3973 words)

Constipation is an acute or chronic condition in which bowel movements occur less often than usual or consist of hard, dry stools that are painful or difficult to pass.
Constipation can occur at any age, and is more common among individuals who resist the urge to move their bowels at their body's signal.
Chronic constipation may be a symptom of colorectal cancer, depression, diabetes, diverticulosis (small pouches in the muscles of the large intestine), lead poisoning, or Parkinson's disease.
www.healthatoz.com /healthatoz/Atoz/ency/constipation.jsp   (1650 words)

Constipation is passage of small amounts of hard, dry bowel movements, usually fewer than three times a week.
Constipation is usually caused by a disturbance of how the intestines works.
Constipation is the most common gastrointestinal complaint in the United States.
www.mamashealth.com /constip.asp   (347 words)

Constipation is thought to affect a quarter of the population at some time.
Diarrhoea: constipation is one of the most common causes of diarrhoea, especially in the elderly in care.
Persistent constipation or any change in bowel habit (whether towards constipation or looseness) should be investigated, especially in adults over 40 years.
www.netdoctor.co.uk /diseases/facts/constipation.htm   (941 words)

Constipation is most often caused by a low-fiber diet, lack of physical activity, inadequate intake of fluid each day, or delay in going to the bathroom when you have the urge to defecate.
The studies investigating acupuncture treatment for constipation have been small and have produced both positive and negative results, meaning that sometimes the research suggests that acupuncture is helpful and sometimes it seems to be neutral – no benefit beyond conventional treatment but no harm either.
Constipation is common in pregnancy and is usually relieved by changing your diet and drinking more water.
www.umm.edu /altmed/ConsConditions/Constipationcc.html   (1773 words)

 Constipation - WrongDiagnosis.com
Constipation is a common symptom where a person has difficulty passing feces or unusually dry stool.
Note that dry stool is medically considered within the spectrum of "constipation", although many people will use the term constipation only when stool dryness or hardness actually causes difficulty passing stool.
Constipation; irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels.
www.wrongdiagnosis.com /sym/constipation.htm   (1487 words)

 Constipation: Bowel Movement Disorders: Merck Manual Home Edition
Constipation may result from changes in the levels of certain substances in the brain, such as serotonin, that can affect the intestinal tract.
Constipation is one of the major risk factors for the development of diverticular disease.
Constipation is best prevented and treated with a combination of adequate exercise, a high-fiber diet, an adequate intake of fluids, and the occasional use of laxatives.
www.merck.com /mmhe/sec09/ch129/ch129b.html   (2064 words)

 Evaluation of Constipation - June 1, 2002 - American Family Physician
Constipation affects 3 percent of preschool-age children and 1 to 2 percent of school-age children; in the latter group, constipation is more common in boys.
Constipation is also responsible for 2.5 million physician visits, with patients over 65 years of age accounting for the greatest number of these visits.
A thorough investigation of constipation may be indicated for one of two reasons: (1) to exclude systemic disease or a structural disorder of the intestines, or (2) to elucidate the underlying pathophysiologic process when constipation does not respond to simple treatment.
www.aafp.org /afp/20020601/2283.html   (3509 words)

 Constipation in Adults
Constipation refers to a decrease in the frequency of bowel movements.
Generally, constipation is difficult to define clearly because as a symptom it varies from person to person.
A common misconception about constipation is that wastes stored in your body are absorbed, are dangerous to your health, and may shorten your lifespan.
www.emedicinehealth.com /constipation_in_adults/article_em.htm   (296 words)

Classification of constipation: Various schema are available in the adult literature which utilize measures of segmental transit to classify constipation as normal transit time, delayed colonic transit, delayed rectal and colonsic transit, or delayed rectal transit.
In contrast to the high incidence of constipation in he pediatric population (3 to 15 per 100), the incidence of Hirschsprung disease is only 1 in 6,000 births and Hirschsprung disease is found in fewer than 1% of children with constipation.
Constipation without soiling may be due to early withholding behavior, inadequate fiber in the diet, or may be due to any of the other causes listed in Table 1.
www.rubinstein-taybi.org /bluebook/constipation.html   (3384 words)

Constipation is a condition in which a person has uncomfortable or infrequent bowel movements.
Generally, a person is considered to be constipated when bowel movements result in passage of small amounts of hard, dry stool, usually fewer than three times a week.
Constipation can cause complications such as hemorrhoids, which occur by straining to have a bowel movement, or anal fissures (tears in the skin around the anus) which occur when hard stool stretches the sphincter muscle.
www.healthsystem.virginia.edu /uvahealth/adult_digest/constpn.cfm   (978 words)

 MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Constipation
Constipation may involve pain during the passage of a bowel movement, inability to pass a bowel movement after straining or pushing for more than 10 minutes, or no bowel movements after more than 3 days.
Constipation is most often caused by a low-fiber diet, lack of physical activity, not drinking enough water, or delay in going to the bathroom when you have the urge to defecate.
Constipation in children often occurs if they hold back bowel movements when they aren't ready for toilet training or are afraid of it.
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/ency/article/003125.htm   (844 words)

 MedlinePlus: Constipation
The primary NIH organization for research on Constipation is the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Constipation means that a person has three or fewer bowel movement in a week.
Stool Soiling and Constipation in Children(American Academy of Family Physicians)
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/constipation.html   (380 words)

To understand constipation, you have to understand how the large intestine creates feces (stool).
Constipation itself is unpleasant enough, but when compounded by hemorrhoids created from straining, it can be miserable.
Constipation is defined by the difficulty of getting stools out, not by frequency of BMs.
www.quickcare.org /gast/constipation.html   (1032 words)

 eMedicine - Constipation : Article by Marc D Basson, MD, PhD
Constipation is the end effect of several factors: poor diet, lack of exercise, motility abnormalities, and anatomic defects, along with the patient's expectations and psychological factors.
Constipation results in various degrees of subjective symptoms and is associated with abnormalities such as colonic diverticular disease, hemorrhoidal disease, and anal fissures that occur secondary to an increase in colonic luminal pressure and intravascular pressure in the hemorrhoidal venous cushions.
Acute constipation in the setting of an empty rectal vault and a proximal colon that is dilated with air or stool suggests large bowel obstruction, which should be further evaluated via Gastrografin enema or lower GI endoscopy.
www.emedicine.com /med/topic2833.htm   (7921 words)

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