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Constipation in Children

Korean Journal of Pediatrics 2005;48(4):355-362.
Published online April 15, 2005.
Constipation in Children
Jae Young Kim
Department of Pediatrics, St. Benedict Hospital, Busan, Korea
소아 변비의 이해와 치료의 실제
성분도병원 소아과
Jae Young Kim, Email: jykim9@korea.com
Constipation is very common phenomenon during childhood that accounts approximately 3% of general pediatric outpatient visits and up to 25% of visit to the pediatric gastroenterologist. The diagnosis of functional constipation is based on the historical features and absence of physical abnormalities. Most infants and children with chronic constipation require no diagnostic tests. Constipation and subsequent fecal retention behavior often begins soon after experience of painful defecation. The effective management of childhood chronic constipation consist of education, prolonged support by physicians and parents, medications, and long term follow up.
Key Words: Constipation , Children

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