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Chronic constipation 

Chronic constipation
Chronic constipation

Mark Beattie

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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.

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