Constipation in Adults (cont.)
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Constipation in adults diagnosis
Your health-care professional will ask the affected individual several questions, conduct a physical exam, and if necessary perform certain lab tests or X-rays to find out the possible causes of his or her constipation.
Answers to these questions will help the doctor assess the affected person's condition and plan the treatment options.
The health-care professional will examine the patient's abdomen, anus, and other body systems including the nervous system, the thyroid gland (for any goiter), and the musculoskeletal system. What parts the health-care professional examines will depend on the patient's answers to the questions and any history that may suggest certain disorders.
The health-care professional will decide which tests the patient needs based on his or her symptoms, history, and exam. These tests will help assess the actual cause of the problem. The most commonly used tests may include the following:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/30/2015
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