Which systems other than the digestive system should be evaluated in the physical evaluation for constipation and what are some systemic diseases associated with constipation?

Updated: Mar 30, 2020
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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A complete physical evaluation of the patient should also include a search for the evidence of systemic diseases that may be contributing to constipation. Such systemic diseases include the following:

  • Endocrine dysfunctions (eg, hypothyroidism, hypopituitarism, and diabetes mellitus)

  • Neurologic abnormalities (eg, brain or spinal cord injury, peripheral neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson disease)

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