Chronic constipation in adults

Mncengeli Sibanda, Johanna Catharina Meyer*, M. Maponya, T. Motha

*Corresponding author for this work

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© Medpharm. Chronic constipation is a prevalent gastrointestinal motility disorder, which may be primary (idiopathic) or due to secondary causes. Although chronic constipation is not a life-threatening condition, it has a negative impact on patients' daily activities and quality of life. This article examines chronic constipation in adult patients with emphasis on the main causes, diagnosis and treatment options, including the pharmacological and non-pharmacological management. Patient education and counselling to improve treatment outcomes are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-42
Number of pages9
JournalSA Pharmaceutical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Adults
  • Behaviour modification
  • Chronic constipation
  • Dietary modification
  • Patient education
  • Pharmacological treatment


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