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Evaluation of constipation.

  title={Evaluation of constipation.},
  author={D. Arce and Carlos A. Ermocilla and H. Costa},
  journal={American family physician},
  volume={65 11},
  • D. Arce, Carlos A. Ermocilla, H. Costa
  • Published 2002
  • Medicine
  • American family physician
  • Constipation is the reason for 2.5 million physician visits per year in the United States, with more than one half of these visits to primary care physicians. Patients and physicians frequently define constipation differently. To determine the underlying cause of constipation, it is important to evaluate the patient's general health, psychosocial status, medical illnesses, dietary fiber intake, and use of constipating medications. The differential diagnosis of constipation and the approach to… CONTINUE READING
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