Constipation in the elderly.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Constipation is a common concern in the elderly and accounts for significant expenditures on over-the-counter drugs. Although normal aging is not associated with abnormal bowel motility, pathologic and psychosocial conditions lead to increased symptoms in elderly patients. Careful clinical evaluation to eliminate serious conditions including colon neoplasia is important. Medical management with emphasis on fiber, bulk agents, fluid intake, and exercise, as well as appropriate use of laxatives is reviewed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wilson, JA

Published Date

  • August 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 499 - 510

PubMed ID

  • 10393738

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0749-0690


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States