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What is constipation?

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If fecal material sits in the colon, the harder the stool becomes and the more difficult it is to pass. This condition is known as constipation. A normal stool should not be either unusually hard or soft, and you shouldn't have to strain unreasonably to pass it.

SOURCES: 

Family Practice Notebook. 

The Mayo Clinic. 

Bope and Kellerman: Conn's Current Therapy 2012, 1st ed. 

National Institutes of Health.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

SOURCES: 

Family Practice Notebook. 

The Mayo Clinic. 

Bope and Kellerman: Conn's Current Therapy 2012, 1st ed. 

National Institutes of Health.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

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