A clinical approach to constipation

Douglas O. Faigel

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The economic impact of constipation is large. The condition prompts an estimated 2.5 million physician visits per year, with 100,000 referrals to gastroenterologists. Almost all (85%) of these physician visits result in a prescription for a laxative. Each year, Americans spend ∼$800 million on laxatives. For patients referred for diagnostic evaluation, the average cost is ∼$3000, mostly due to the cost of colonoscopy. This article discusses the pathophysiology of constipation and presents a practical approach to evaluating and treating this disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalClinical cornerstone
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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