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Lower gastrointestinal tract. 1. Constipation.
Med J Aust. 1995 Feb 06; 162(3):155-7.MJ

Abstract

An accurate diagnosis is of primary importance in lower gastrointestinal problems in the elderly. Reversible causes should be treated specifically whenever possible, but symptomatic treatment can be a useful adjunct or a mainstay if no cause can be found. For constipation symptomatic treatment should proceed stepwise, commencing with increase in dietary fibre content. Only if this approach fails should laxatives (osmotic) be used. Stimulant laxatives and paraffin are best used intermittently, if at all, because of their side effects.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Vic.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

7854230

Citation

Balson, R, and P R. Gibson. "Lower Gastrointestinal Tract. 1. Constipation." The Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 162, no. 3, 1995, pp. 155-7.
Balson R, Gibson PR. Lower gastrointestinal tract. 1. Constipation. Med J Aust. 1995;162(3):155-7.
Balson, R., & Gibson, P. R. (1995). Lower gastrointestinal tract. 1. Constipation. The Medical Journal of Australia, 162(3), 155-7.
Balson R, Gibson PR. Lower Gastrointestinal Tract. 1. Constipation. Med J Aust. 1995 Feb 6;162(3):155-7. PubMed PMID: 7854230.
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