Constipation can lead to large, hard stools that stretch the rectum and cause the internal sphincter muscles to relax by reflex. Watery stool builds up behind the hard stool and may leak out around the hard stool, leading to fecal incontinence ...1

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Symptoms of Constipation

Some people think they are constipated if they donít have a bowel movement every day. However, people can have different bowel movement patterns. Some people may have three bowel movements a day. Other people may only have three bowel ...2

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Complications of Constipation

What are the complications of constipation? Chronic, or long-lasting, constipation can lead to health problems such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, rectal prolapse, or fecal impaction. Hemorrhoids Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins around your anus or in your lower ...3

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Causes of Constipation

What causes constipation? Constipation can happen for many reasons, and constipation may have more than one cause at a time. Among the most common causes of constipation are

  • slow movement of stool through the colon
  • delayed emptying of the colon ...
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Causes List for Constipation

Some possible causes of Constipation or similar disorders may include:4

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Types of Constipation

Some of the types of this condition may include:5 Types of Constipation:

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Diagnosis of Constipation

Diagnosis: How do doctors diagnose constipation? Doctors diagnose constipation by

  • taking a medical history
  • performing a physical exam
  • performing diagnostic tests, such as a blood test

Medical history

The medical history will include questions about your constipation, such as

  • how ...
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Risk Factors for Constipation

Who is more likely to become constipated? Constipation is common among all ages and populations in the United States, yet certain people are more likely to become constipated, including

  • women, especially during pregnancy or after giving birth
  • older adults
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Treatments: Constipation

Treatment: How do doctors treat constipation? Treatment for constipation depends on

  • whatís causing your constipation
  • how bad your constipation is
  • how long youíve been constipated

Treatment for constipation may include the following:

Changes in eating, diet, and nutrition ...6

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Prevention of Constipation

Eating, Diet, and Nutrition: To prevent constipation, a diet with 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day helps the body form soft, bulky stool that is easier to pass. High-fiber foods include beans, whole grains and bran cereals ...7

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Names and Terminology

Synonyms: Costiveness ; Dyschezia ...Source: GTR (NCBI/NIH)8 ...

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  1. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ health-topics/ digestive-diseases/ fecal-incontinence/ Pages/ facts.aspx
  2. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ digestive-diseases/ constipation/ all-content
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: Human Phenotype Ontology
  6. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ digestive-diseases/ constipation/ all-content
  7. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ urologic-diseases/ perineal-injury-males
  8. Source: GTR (NCBI/NIH): gtr/ conditions/ C1963087/ 

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