Which signs and symptoms of constipation may indicate a more serious condition?

Updated: Jul 05, 2019
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Answer

The following signs and symptoms, if present, are grounds for particular concern:

  • Rectal bleeding

  • Abdominal pain (suggestive of possible irritable bowel syndrome [IBS] with constipation [IBS-C])

  • Inability to pass flatus

  • Vomiting

  • Unexplained weight loss


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