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Can you die from constipation?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Rarely

Chronic constipation (obstipation) can cause dilation of bowel, rarely can cause an ulcer in bowel, rarely can cause perforation, which could lead to death.
Some conditions that cause severe constipation might be severe enough (if untreated) to cause death.

In brief: Rarely

Chronic constipation (obstipation) can cause dilation of bowel, rarely can cause an ulcer in bowel, rarely can cause perforation, which could lead to death.
Some conditions that cause severe constipation might be severe enough (if untreated) to cause death.
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: Rare

Having said that.
In the very young and very old severe constipation can be very serious and needs to be recognized and treated accordingly.

In brief: Rare

Having said that.
In the very young and very old severe constipation can be very serious and needs to be recognized and treated accordingly.
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