How common is constipation in the US?

Updated: Mar 30, 2020
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Constipation is one of the most common digestive complaints in the United States [2]  in ambulatory centers and a common cause for referral to gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons. [3] It is a symptom rather than a disease and, despite its frequency, often remains unrecognized until the patient develops sequelae, such as anorectal disorders.


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