Chronic idiopathic constipation

Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) is a type of constipation with unknown causes and no underlying medical conditions or constipation causing medication. 4%-20% (depending on surveyed area) of the constipation cases are due to CIC. (1)Eswaran S, Muir J, Chey WD. Fiber and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. MJ Gastroenterol 2013; 108:718–727. Available here. (2)Suares NC, Ford AC. Systematic review: the effects of fibre in the management of chronic idiopathic constipation. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. Volume 33, Issue 8, pages 895–901, April 2011. Available here. (read more..)

In CIC the following symptoms appear chronically:

  • Difficulty in passing stools (straining, time taken);
  • Hard and lumpy stools, often dark in color;
  • Irregular bowel movements;
  • Infrequent bowel movements;
  • Feeling of incomplete defecation;
  • Abdominal discomfort and bloating;
  • Flatulence;
  • Poorer physical and social functioning;
  • Decreased life quality;
  • Perception of being unhealthy.

References   [ + ]

1. Eswaran S, Muir J, Chey WD. Fiber and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. MJ Gastroenterol 2013; 108:718–727. Available here.
2. Suares NC, Ford AC. Systematic review: the effects of fibre in the management of chronic idiopathic constipation. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. Volume 33, Issue 8, pages 895–901, April 2011. Available here.

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