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dc.contributor.authorGallagher, Paul
dc.contributor.authorO'Mahony, Denis
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-10T15:14:40Z
dc.date.available2012-01-10T15:14:40Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationConstipation in old age. 2009, 23 (6):875-87 Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterolen
dc.identifier.issn1532-1916
dc.identifier.pmid19942165
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.bpg.2009.09.001
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/201261
dc.descriptionThe prevalence of constipation increases with age. However, constipation is not a physiological consequence of normal ageing. Indeed, the aetiology of constipation in older people is often multifactorial with co-morbid diseases, impaired mobility, reduced dietary fibre intake and prescription medications contributing significantly to constipation in many instances. A detailed clinical history and physical examination including digital rectal examination is usually sufficient to uncover the causes of constipation in older people; more specialized tests of anorectal physiology and colonic transit are rarely required. The scientific evidence base from which to develop specific treatment recommendations for constipation in older people is, for the most part, slim. Constipation can be complicated by faecal impaction and incontinence, particularly in frail older people with reduced mobility and cognitive impairment; preventative strategies are important in those at risk.en
dc.description.abstractThe prevalence of constipation increases with age. However, constipation is not a physiological consequence of normal ageing. Indeed, the aetiology of constipation in older people is often multifactorial with co-morbid diseases, impaired mobility, reduced dietary fibre intake and prescription medications contributing significantly to constipation in many instances. A detailed clinical history and physical examination including digital rectal examination is usually sufficient to uncover the causes of constipation in older people; more specialized tests of anorectal physiology and colonic transit are rarely required. The scientific evidence base from which to develop specific treatment recommendations for constipation in older people is, for the most part, slim. Constipation can be complicated by faecal impaction and incontinence, particularly in frail older people with reduced mobility and cognitive impairment; preventative strategies are important in those at risk.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subject.meshAdult
dc.subject.meshAge Factors
dc.subject.meshAged
dc.subject.meshAging
dc.subject.meshCombined Modality Therapy
dc.subject.meshConstipation
dc.subject.meshDefecation
dc.subject.meshEvidence-Based Medicine
dc.subject.meshFecal Impaction
dc.subject.meshFecal Incontinence
dc.subject.meshFemale
dc.subject.meshHealth Services for the Aged
dc.subject.meshHumans
dc.subject.meshMale
dc.subject.meshPredictive Value of Tests
dc.subject.meshRisk Factors
dc.subject.meshTreatment Outcome
dc.titleConstipation in old age.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Geriatric Medicine, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland. pfgallagher77@eircom.neten
dc.identifier.journalBest practice & research. Clinical gastroenterologyen
dc.description.provinceMunster
html.description.abstractThe prevalence of constipation increases with age. However, constipation is not a physiological consequence of normal ageing. Indeed, the aetiology of constipation in older people is often multifactorial with co-morbid diseases, impaired mobility, reduced dietary fibre intake and prescription medications contributing significantly to constipation in many instances. A detailed clinical history and physical examination including digital rectal examination is usually sufficient to uncover the causes of constipation in older people; more specialized tests of anorectal physiology and colonic transit are rarely required. The scientific evidence base from which to develop specific treatment recommendations for constipation in older people is, for the most part, slim. Constipation can be complicated by faecal impaction and incontinence, particularly in frail older people with reduced mobility and cognitive impairment; preventative strategies are important in those at risk.


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