Which systemic diseases may cause constipation and which emergent conditions must be recognized and addressed?

Updated: Mar 30, 2020
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Systemic diseases that may cause constipation include the following:

Often, what appears to be an acute or subacute constipation may represent a colonic or small bowel ileus from systemic or intra-abdominal infection or other intra-abdominal emergencies. In appropriate settings, this should be addressed and not missed, lest the patient’s condition deteriorate acutely.

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