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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".

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Constipation", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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