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Constipation

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Constipation, costiveness, dyschezia, or dyssynergic defaecation, refers to bowel movements that are infrequent and/or hard to pass. Constipation is a common cause of painful defecation. Severe constipation includes obstipation (failure to pass stools or gas) and fecal impaction (see also Bowel obstruction).

Constipation is common; in the general population incidence of constipation varies from 2 to 30%.