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Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
Tehran University of Medical Sciences Press
ISSN: 1018-4406
EISSN: 1018-4406
Vol. 23, No. 3, 2013, pp. 353-356
Bioline Code: pe13066
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
Document available free of charge

Iranian Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2013, pp. 353-356

 en Clinical Findings of Functional and Secondary Constipation in Children
Soylu, Ozlem Bekem


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.

Constipation; Children; Diagnosis; Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

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