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Constipation in Adults (cont.)

What is the prognosis for constipation in adults?

Most people with constipation have no physical disease of the digestive system nor any widespread disease associated with constipation. Most of the time, constipation is related to poor dietary habits, low fluid intake, and lack of exercise.

  • For people with constipation caused by an illness, recovery will be determined by how sick the affected individual is.
  • The person will usually recover well if his or her constipation is caused by painful hemorrhoids or anal fissures.

Medically reviewed by Venkatachala Mohan, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Gastroenterology

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Emmanuel A. Current management strategies and therapeutic targets in chronic constipation. Therap Adv Gastroenterol. 2011 Jan;4(1):37-48.

Singh S; Rao SS. Pharmacologic management of chronic constipation. Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2010 Sep;39(3):509-27.

Tack J, Müller-Lissner S. Treatment of chronic constipation: current pharmacologic approaches and future directions. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2009 May;7(5):502-8; quiz 496. Epub 2008 Dec 13.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/7/2014

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