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Clinical Findings of Functional and Secondary Constipation in Children

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Ozlem Bekem Soylu 1 , *

How to Cite: Bekem Soylu O. Clinical Findings of Functional and Secondary Constipation in Children, Iran J Pediatr. 2013 ; 23(3):353-356.

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Iranian Journal of Pediatrics: 23 (3); 353-356
Published Online: March 02, 2013
Article Type: Rapid Communication
Received: April 19, 2012
Accepted: December 22, 2012

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Abstract

Objective: We aimed to evaluate clinical features and follow-up data of children with functional and secondary constipation.
Methods: Hospital records of 335 constipated children were evaluated. Children were divided into 2 groups as functional and secondary, and were compared with regard to clinical and anthropometric data.
Findings: Of 335 children (M/F 167/168, mean age 4.3±3.5 years) 91% had functional constipation (group 1). Family history of constipation was significantly higher in group 1. Malnutrition was found in 18% of group 1, 56% in group 2 (p<0.001).
Conclusion: If a constipated child has a family history of constipation but does not have failure to thrive and constipation begins at an older age, functional constipation is more probable.

 

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Constipation Children Diagnosis Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

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