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Constipation

Constipation means different things to different people. It is a very common condition that affects people of all ages. When you are constipated, you feel that you are not passing stools (faeces) as often as your normally do, or that you have to strain more than usual, or that you are unable to completely empty your bowels.

It is important to distinguish acute (recent onset) constipation from chronic (long duration) constipation. Acute constipation requires urgent assessment because a serious medical illness may be the underlying cause. Constipation also requires an immediate assessment if it is accompanied by other symptoms such as rectal bleeding, abdominal pain and cramps, nausea and vomiting, and involuntary weight loss.

Any change in bowel habit, like constipation, should be investigated appropriately as soon as possible.

                    2007 The Cheshire Gut and Liver Clinic


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