Constipation and other problems with defaecation
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It is important to realize that there is wide variation in the frequency of defaecation. Nevertheless, 90% of the population in the United Kingdom open their bowels between five times per week and twice per day. Only 1% has two or fewer bowel actions per week. Many of this latter group do not, however, have symptoms referable to constipation and doubtless accept their habit as normal. In contrast, there are many who quite naturally have a more frequent bowel action yet consider themselves constipated because they do not have a daily movement. This misconception often stems from childhood and the rigid attitude of parents to toilet training. Constipation is, therefore, difficult to define, but the term is probably best used to describe the infrequent production of hard stool which requires excessive straining to pass.
KeywordsIrritable Bowel Syndrome Barium Enema Rectosigmoid Junction Bowel Action Toilet Training
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