A clinical approach to constipation

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Abstract

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
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Laxatives
Constipation
Physicians
Costs and Cost Analysis
Colonoscopy
Prescriptions
Referral and Consultation
Economics
Gastroenterologists

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A clinical approach to constipation. / Faigel, Douglas Orrick.

In: Clinical Cornerstone, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2002, p. 11-18.

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