How is constipation characterized in multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Constipation is the most frequent bowel complaint in patients with MS and is characterized as the infrequent or difficult passage of stools. Constipation may be the result of a neurogenic bowel or of immobility, which leads to slowed bowel activity. In addition, patients who have limited their fluid intake in an attempt to manage bladder symptoms and those with limited access to fluids due to immobility tend to have dry hard stools.

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