Chronic constipation in children: An overview

Ritu Walia, Nicholas Mulheran, Raheel Khan, Carmen Cuffari

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Constipation is a commonly encountered symptom in school-aged children. The symptoms may vary at presentation and may be complicated by fearful reactions to defecation leading to a stool withholding pattern resulting in encopresis. It is important that a combined approach including education of the patient and family, pharmacological management and behavioral training is utilized for effective treating and prevention of complications. This review summarizes the current evidence and aims to provide practical advice in primary care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-34
Number of pages16
JournalPractical Gastroenterology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013

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  • Gastroenterology

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    Walia, R., Mulheran, N., Khan, R., & Cuffari, C. (2013). Chronic constipation in children: An overview. Practical Gastroenterology, 37(7), 19-34.