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What tests are used to see inside the intestine to diagnose chronic constipation?

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Your doctor will want to rule out any underlying condition that may cause your problem. Tests that help your doctor see inside your intestines include:

  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Barium enema X-ray
  • Upper gastrointestinal X-ray

SOURCES:

American Gastroenterological Association: “Managing Chronic Constipation: A Patient Guide.”

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: “Constipation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Constipation: Preparing for Your Appointment.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Diagnosis of Constipation.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 23, 2019

SOURCES:

American Gastroenterological Association: “Managing Chronic Constipation: A Patient Guide.”

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: “Constipation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Constipation: Preparing for Your Appointment.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Diagnosis of Constipation.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 23, 2019

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