Constipation or irregularity, is a condition of the digestive system where a person (or animal) experiences hard feces that are difficult to eliminate; it may be extremely painful, and in severe cases (fecal impaction) lead to symptoms of bowel obstruction.
Obstipation refers to severe constipation.
Causes of constipation may be dietary, hormonal, a side effect of medications, and anatomical.
Treatment is with a change in dietary habits, laxatives, fiber therapy, enemas, and rarely surgery.
It is also known as a "compacted bowel".
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Editor's Note: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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