What is the role of dietary practices in abnormal bowel habit associated with constipation?

Updated: Jul 05, 2019
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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In addition to defining the nature of the patient’s bowel habit, it is necessary to try to identify the factors likely to be responsible for the abnormal bowel habit. Most patients who are constipated consume either too little fiber or too little water; therefore, assessing the patient’s diet is useful. For acute changes in the bowel habit, a parallel dietary change should be ascertained.


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