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What exactly is constipation?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
It depends: Constipation is the inability to have a bowel movement. Some patients only have a bowel movement once every 3 days, but they are not constipated. However 95 percent of patient should have a bowel move within days. Patients who only go to the bathroom 2 times or less per week are constipated. If the is a new symptom, you should see a gastroenterologist.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 45 years experience
Hard stools: Excessiveley hard stools or dessicated stools. Fecal material with less water content.
Last updated Feb 8, 2017


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