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Vol. 12 - Num. 45

Brief Reports

Treatment of functional constipation with Polyethylenglycol. New drugs

Alfonso Barrio Merinoa, M Soria Lópezb, C Tomé Nestalb

aSección de Gastroenterología, Hepatología y Nutrición Pediátrica. Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre. Madrid. España.
bUnidad de Gastroenterología Infantil. Hospital Universitario Fundación Alcorcón. Alcorcón. Madrid. España.

Correspondence: A Barrio. E-mail:

Reference of this article: Barrio Merino A, Soria López M, Tomé Nestal C. Treatment of functional constipation with Polyethylenglycol. New drugs. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2010;12:109-21.

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Constipation continues being one of the most frequent problems in both general pediatric and gastroenterology clinics, especially during the first year of life.

Treatment regimes have completely varied in the last decade, being osmotic laxatives and stimulants the most used nowadays. Polyethylenglycol is a newly available laxative that is widely used for both disimpactation and maintenance. The main purpose of this document is to determine its effectiveness and security.


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