Reference of this article: Magaña Hernández M. Chronic functional constipation in adolescence. Is it a problem of education for health? Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2003;5:423-432.
Published in Internet: 30-09-2003
Chronic functional constipation is a problem whose frequency in consultation is increasing
at adolescent ages, in spite of the family?s lack of knowledge of the intestinal habits of
their children in these age groups.
It normally results in a high number of different complementary tests, the use of medicines,
at times in a continuous way, hospital admissions and high costs.
It is essential to make a detailed clinical history (in order to look for the underlying causes
that produce constipation), to accomplish an exhaustive physical examination in search
of any sign of associated pathology, and to apply effective and satisfactory therapeutic actions.
Preventive measures must be a priority; hence educational norms, dietetic norms ?while
the problem persists? and apprenticeship in health self-care.
Pharmacological treatment should never be the definitive solution to constipation, nor
should it be used in a continuous way.
Keywords● Constipation ● Encopresis ● Gastrocolic reflex ● Health education