What history is relevant in the workup of constipation?

Updated: Jul 04, 2019
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Basing the diagnosis of constipation on simply asking the patients whether they are constipated is associated with marked underreporting of the problem in patients who have physical evidence of constipation, such as the presence of hemorrhoidal disease. [16] Accordingly, a careful history must be obtained, including inquiries into current medications (including over-the-counter, herbal agents, and prescription medications), previous colonoscopy, and any other medical problems present.


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