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 language||English (US)|
|Journal||Italian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1999|
- Colonic inertia
- Slow transit
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