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What happens if constipation is untreated?

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Don’t let constipation go unchecked for too long. When untreated, constipation can lead to unpleasant complications such as hemorrhoids and rectal prolapse, a condition in which part of the intestine pushes out through the anus from too much straining.

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National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Constipation."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation."

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Constipation."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 11, 2018

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Constipation."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation."

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Constipation."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 11, 2018

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