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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.

From: Constipation Relief Guide WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

American Gastroenterological Association: "Understanding Constipation."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation."

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

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

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

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 9, 2019

SOURCES:

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

American Gastroenterological Association: "Understanding Constipation."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation."

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

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

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

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 9, 2019

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