Clinical subgroups of chronic constipation: Exploring the potential of polyethylene glycol

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This brief review has explored the rationale for therapy of polyethylene glycol electrolyte solutions in subgroups of patients with chronic constipation. There appears to be a good rationale for their use in patients with colonic inertia or those with extrinsic denervation. However, first-line therapies such as dietary fibre and bulking agents should be tried initially prior to resorting to osmotic agents such as polyethylene glycol electrolyte solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S253-S254
JournalItalian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999



  • Colonic inertia
  • Constipation
  • Fibre
  • Laxatives
  • Slow transit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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