Chronic Idiopathic Constipation in Adults: Epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and clinical management


This review examines the epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical management of CIC (chronic idiopathic constipation) in adults.

It is based on a synthesis of relevant evidence from articles listed in PubMed from inception until January 2018, including original research articles, consensus guidelines and opinion articles.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify any red flag symptoms that would necessitate further investigation with colonoscopy to exclude colorectal malignancy through careful history taking and clinical assessment of the patient with constipation undertaking
  2. Coordinate lifestyle modifications, if these are not effective, choose treatment with osmotic and stimulant laxatives
  3. Explain the next steps if there is no response to pharmacological treatment and when it is suitable


Authors: Christopher J Black, Alexander C Ford

Article Type: Narrative review 


Medical Journal of Australia
Reading: journal; textbook; book; literature review
1h : 0m
MBA: 1h : 0m
Digestive System Diseases
Medical Practitioner, Medical Student, Doctor-in-Training, Non-Vocationally Registered, Nurse / Midwife, Pharmacist, Podiatrist, Researcher, Retired, Specialist - Other, Specialist General Practitioner
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