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

Updated: Mar 30, 2020
  • 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. Anorectal tests should be used to evaluate for defecatory disorders if over-the-counter agents do not relieve the constipation. [3]

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