Constipation pp 173-176 | Cite as

Putting It All Together

  • Suzanne RoseEmail author


The chapters of this book have presented the epidemiology and impact of constipation on quality of life and economic factors. The authors present approaches to testing and have reviewed the presentation, evaluation, and management of: chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, slow transit constipation, and pelvic floor dysfunction. And there is also a chapter related to special considerations related to this symptom. The authors have been very careful to provide state-of-the-art and evidence-based information. This brief chapter is being presented as a series of Frequently Asked Questions in order to summarize the information provided and to synthesize it. The reader will note that there is some opinion included in this section. The chapters have been written by the world’s experts on this topic, and although they have presented all the information with detailed references, often authored by these contributors, there are situations that may require the clinician/diagnostician to consider deviating from published protocols. This is the art of medicine—individualizing and personalizing one’s approach for a particular patient, perhaps in a particular setting and with specific available resources. The authors caution that this book is intended for those with a sophisticated background in medical information including pathophysiology, metabolism, pharmacology, and neurogastroenterology. It may be tempting to self-diagnose or to consider a solution if you are suffering with constipation. However, the authors and editor ask that you seek care from your physician, sharing any concerns or symptoms.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Chronic Constipation Sacral Nerve Stimulation Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Anorectal Manometry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineFarmingtonUSA

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