Constipation

Victoria A. Brazil

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Abstract

Constipation is a frequent chief presenting complaint in the emergency department (ED), despite the impression that it is a minor problem. It is particularly common in the elderly and those with multiple medical problems, complicating both their assessment and treatment for other conditions.

Management of patients with constipation of benign aetiology is often relatively straightforward. However,
constipation may be a symptom of serious and life-threatening pathology, ED assessment of this complaint should include thorough evaluation for these conditions. Constipation is also a preventable, adverse outcome of an ED visit, and clinicians should select discharge medications carefully.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextbook of Emergency Medicine
EditorsS.S. David
Place of PublicationGurgaon, India
Pages999-1003
Number of pages5
Volume1 & 2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Brazil, V. A. (2012). Constipation. In S. S. David (Ed.), Textbook of Emergency Medicine (Vol. 1 & 2, pp. 999-1003). Gurgaon, India.