Constipation natural history, complications and prognosis
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The symptoms of constipation can develop in the different decades of life, and starts with symptoms such as bloating, mucus passage, and abdominal pain. Then the symptoms increase in severity by hardening of stool which is contributes to straining and inability to pass the stool, may be need for manual evacuation. Common complications of chronic constipation include hemorrhoid, anal fissure, fecal impaction, and rectal prolapse. The colonic transit time (CTT) more than 100 hours is associated with a particularly poor prognosis among patients with constipation.
Natural History, Complications, and Prognosis
- The symptoms of constipation can develop in the different decades of life, and start with symptoms such as bloating, mucus passage, and abdominal pain.
- Then the symptoms increase in severity by hardening of stool which is contributes to straining and inability to pass the stool, may be need for manual evacuation.
- If left untreated, patients with constipation may progress to develop rectal bleeding, colon perforation, and ultimately colorectal diverticulum and cancer.
- Common complications of chronic constipation include:
- Prognosis is generally excellent, and the survival rate of patients with constipation is approximately 100%.
- The presence of palpable rectal mass and female gender is associated with a good prognosis among patients with constipation.
- The colonic transit time (CTT) more than 100 hours is associated with a particularly poor prognosis among patients with constipation.
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