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Bowel Symptoms: Constipation, Diarrhea, and Obstruction 

Bowel Symptoms: Constipation, Diarrhea, and Obstruction
Bowel Symptoms: Constipation, Diarrhea, and Obstruction

Kimberly Chow

and Lauren Koranteng

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date: 08 December 2021

Constipation, diarrhea, and bowel obstruction are three common and distressing symptoms in palliative care patients. These symptoms rarely occur without other clinical manifestations of disease. They can affect a person’s quality of life and eligibility for treatment and may even be life-threatening. This chapter discusses the advanced practice registered nurse’s role in the assessment, prevention, and management of these common bowel symptoms as well as the global issues around management.

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