Chronic constipation is very common. The most recent estimate of clinician visits attributable to constipation were from 2001 to 2004 and reported more than 8 million clinician visits in the United States, with most occurring in adult primary care settings (33%) followed by pediatric (21%) and gastroenterologist (14%) offices.1 These encounters result in large expenditures for nonprescription laxatives and other bowel movement aids, such as enemas and suppositories.
Wald A. Update on the Management of Constipation. JAMA. Published online November 04, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2019.16029
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