Constipation

Overview

4.4 out of 5 (25 Reviews)

Credits

1.50

Post Assessment Questions

16

Expiration Date

31 Dec 2025

Last Reviewed

1 Jan 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

90 Minutes


 
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Activity Description

Functional constipation is a prevalent condition in childhood, about 29.6% worldwide. In the United States, represents 3% to 5% of pediatric visits and a considerable annual health care cost. Most children do not have an etiological factor, and one third continue to have problems beyond adolescence. Up to 84% of functionally constipated children suffer from fecal incontinence, while more than one-third of children present with behavioral problems primary or secondary due to constipation. Pathophysiology underlying functional constipation is multifactorial and not well understood. Factors that may contribute to functional constipation include pain, fever, dehydration, dietary and fluid intake, psychological issues, toilet training, medicines, and family history of constipation. Chronic idiopathic constipation is characterized by lack of periodicity in defecating, difficulty or pain during defecation without an identifiable organic cause, such as physiological, anatomical, radiological, or histological. Even though this is a common problem in children, an underlying cause is identified in less 5% of cases. This activity describes the clinical evaluation of a patient with constipation and explains the role of the health professional team in coordinating the care of patients with this condition.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of individuals in nursing.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Outline the various etiologies that can lead to a patient presenting with constipation.
  • Review the criteria and examination methods to determine a diagnosis of constipation.
  • Discuss the various treatment options for constipation based on etiology.
  • Summarize the clinical evaluation of a patient with constipation and explains the role of the health professional team in coordinating the care of patients with this condition.

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