What should the patient be asked to describe in the evaluation of constipation?

Updated: Mar 30, 2020
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Finally, the evaluation should include the patient’s description of the act of defecation. Pain during defecation might suggest a fissure or tenesmus from a rectal tumor. Painless inability to pass an otherwise soft stool suggests a rectal outlet obstruction.

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