Basic Summary for Constipation


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Main name of condition: Constipation
Other names or spellings: costiveness


What is Constipation?
  Brief description of Constipation: Difficult or dry bowel movements
  Parent types of Constipation: Digestive Diseases, Anal conditions, Anorectal disorders, Rectal conditions, Pregnancy-related conditions
  Organs Affected by Constipation: colon, rectum, anus, digestive
  Types of Constipation: Common constipation, Chronic constipation, Travel-related constipation, Age-related constipation, Pregnancy-related constipation, Chronic idiopathic constipation, Functional constipation
How many people get Constipation?
  Prevalance of Constipation: 4.4 million people in the USA 1983-87 (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact NIH Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994)
  Prevalance Rate of Constipation: approx 1 in 61 or 1.62% or 4.4 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Constipation: According to the 1991 National Health Interview Survey, about 4 1/2 million people in the United States say they are constipated most or all of the time. Those reporting constipation most often are women, children, and adults age 65 and over. Pregnant women also complain of constipation, and it is a common problem following childbirth or surgery.

Constipation is the most common gastrointestinal complaint in the United States, resulting in about 2 million annual visits to the doctor. However, most people treat themselves without seeking medical help, as is evident from the $725 million Americans spend on laxatives each year. 1 ... Prevalence: 4.4 million people (1983-87)2


Who gets Constipation?
  Patient Profile for Constipation: Can affect anyone, common in children and older age.
How serious is Constipation?
  Deaths for Constipation: 29 deaths in the USA 1982-85 (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact NIH Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994)
  Complications of Constipation: see complications of Constipation
What causes Constipation?
  Causes of Constipation: see causes of Constipation
  Risk factors for Constipation: see risk factors for Constipation
What are the symptoms of Constipation?
  Symptoms of Constipation: see symptoms of Constipation
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Constipation: see treatments for Constipation
  Prevention of Constipation: see prevention of Constipation
Society issues for Constipation
  Hospitalizations for Constipation: 100,000 people in the USA 1983-87 (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact NIH Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994)
  Hospitalizations for Constipation: Hospitalizations: 100,000 (1983-87)2
  Physician office visits for Constipation: 2 million people in the USA 1985 (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact NIH Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994)
  Physician office visits for Constipation: Physician office visits: 2 million (1985)2
  Prescriptions for Constipation: 1 million people in the USA 1985 (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact NIH Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994)
  Prescriptions for Constipation: Prescriptions: 1 million (1985)2
  Disability from Constipation: 13,000 people in the USA 1983-87 (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact NIH Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994)
  Disability from Constipation: Disability: 13,000 people (1983-87) 2

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Constipation: NIDDK
2. excerpt from Digestive Diseases Statistics: NIDDK

Last revision: Nov 10, 2003

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