When is an extensive workup of constipation indicated and in which setting?

Updated: Jul 05, 2019
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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An extensive workup of the constipated patient is performed on an outpatient basis and usually occurs after approximately 3-6 months of failed medical management. Rectal and perineal examination should already have been performed but should be repeated at this point.


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