Constipation In Elderly

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Introduction Constipation is a common problem in elderly persons Constipation is NOT a normal part of aging Constipation results from a combination of risk

A Supplement to INTERNAL MEDICINE NEWS®. Supported by Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. Epidemiology: Chronic constipation (CC) is a common dis-

Constipation in older people is therefore not a result of aging, but is instead • Medication (polypharmacy), especially in the elderly • Laxative abuse (normal long-term use is not a problem) • Known comorbidities (see Tables 1 and 2)

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Chronic constipation in the elderly is often caused by a decrease in fiber-containing foods, inadequate fluid intake, lack of physical activity, and loss of bowel muscle tone. Relatively little is known about how aging affects the bioavailability of vitamins and minerals, although

Constipation Constipation is a common problem regardless of sex, age or race. It is defined as infrequent, difficult or incomplete bowel movements.

Chronic constipation is a common medical problem. In the Western population, Constipation in the elderly. Am Fam Physic 1998;58:907-14. Lederle FA. Epidemiology of constipation in elderly patients. Drug utilisation and cost-containment strategies.

Constipation in diabetes mellitus is due to nerve damage in the intestinal tract a family history of colon cancer or inflammatory bowel disease, anaemia, or rapid onset of constipation in the elderly. These “alarm symptoms” can be a sign of a more serious problem such as bowel cancer.

WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF CHRONIC CONSTIPATION IN THE ELDERLY? Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal dis-orders encountered in clinical practice. Up to one-fi ft h of the general population suff ers from chronic constipation during their

elderly Prevalence of urinary incontinence by decade of life. Melville JLet al. Urinary incontinence in US women. Dry mouth, constipation Elderly vulnerabilitytotoxicity:CognitiveSEvulnerability to toxicity: Cognitive S.E.

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Red flag features in chronic constipation Recent onset of constipation in older age (> 50 years) Obstructive symptoms Rectal bleeding Weight loss

constipation causes a “poisoning” of the system. You may feel sluggish and bloated, Elderly or immobile patients may get so badly constipated that they quite literally get bunged up (“faecal impaction”) and this will need prompt treatment by either the

IN THE ELDERLY? Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal dis-orders encountered in clinical practice. mining primary and secondary causes of constipation, as well as the presence of “ alarm ” symptoms and signs.

There are many different causes of constipation. Some patients do not have a clearly • The elderly • Pregnancy © World Gastroenterology Organisation, 2007. WGO Practice Guidlines Constipation 9 • Children • Diabetic patients

Cially in the elderly, constipation may be caused by any num-ber of underlying conditions. These may include systemic ill- ganic causes of constipation are suspected. 34 A colonoscopy is recommended for patients more than 50 years of age34 who

Chronic constipation in the elderly is often caused by a decrease in fiber-containing foods, inadequate fluid intake, lack of physical activity, and loss of bowel muscle tone. Relatively little is known about how aging affects the bioavailability of vitamins and minerals, although

Bowel Dysfunction in the Elderly – Constipation Dr Rachel Bradley Consultant Geriatrician University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust & St Martins Continence Promotion Unit, Bath