Show Summary Details
Page of

Chronic constipation 

Chronic constipation
Chapter:
Chronic constipation
Author(s):

Mark Beattie

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198759928.003.0043
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 31 May 2020

Chronic functional constipation is a common problem in childhood. Without early treatment, the condition is likely to impact all aspects of the child’s life, including education and psychological well-being as well as physical growth and development. The key to successful management is early diagnosis and prompt treatment with an emphasis on practical management strategies with multidisciplinary support where needed. Conventional treatment relies on patient education, behavioural modification, and drugs. This chapter discusses the epidemiology, clinical assessment, indications for further investigation, management including behavioural strategies, and drug treatment.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.