Rapid Review Quiz: Constipation

Sarah El-Nakeep, MD


March 20, 2023

A common gastrointestinal (GI) symptom, constipation is prevalent among approximately 20% of the general population. The term is used when less than three bowel movements occur during a given week; however, the number of bowel movements varies among individuals, and baseline bowel habits should be taken into consideration at diagnosis. The stool is often hard, dry, and difficult to pass. It can occur as an adverse effect of medication or a standalone problem. Treatments have varying degrees of efficacy, and it has a major economic and quality-of-life impact. Test your knowledge of the latest research about constipation, including new studies about key interventions, causes, and diagnostic findings with this quick quiz.


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