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What can untreated constipation lead to?

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Untreated constipation can lead to real problems, such as hemorrhoids and tears in the skin around the anus (called fissures) that make you bleed. If you strain too hard, you might even cause part of your intestines to push out through the anus -- a condition called rectal prolapse that can sometimes require surgery.

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Constipation."

American Gastroenterological Association: "Understanding Constipation."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation."

Feldman M. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease, 9th ed. Saunders Elsevier; 2010.

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Laxatives: OTC Products for Constipation."

Legato MJ. Principles of Gender-Specific Medicine, Volume 1. Academic Press, 2009.

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on August 20, 2020

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Constipation."

American Gastroenterological Association: "Understanding Constipation."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation."

Feldman M. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease, 9th ed. Saunders Elsevier; 2010.

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Laxatives: OTC Products for Constipation."

Legato MJ. Principles of Gender-Specific Medicine, Volume 1. Academic Press, 2009.

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on August 20, 2020

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