How prevalent is chronic constipation in the US?

Updated: Jul 05, 2019
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Chronic constipation is highly prevalent and affects approximately 15% of persons in the United States. [10] In 2006, the number of constipation-related physician visits reached 5.7 million, and of these, 2.7 million visits had constipation as the primary diagnosis. [11] About 2% of the population describes constant or frequent intermittent episodes of constipation.


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