Age and constipation: there is a problem, is there a solution?
O.I. Medvedeva, I.A. Oganezova, Т.E. Skvortsova
North-Western State Medical University n.a. I.I. Mechnikov, St. Petersburg, Russia
Chronic constipation is a common pathology; in most countries around the world, about 12% of the total population suffer from this disease, its frequency reaches 60% in the age group over 65. The course of constipation in the elderly is burdened by age-related changes in all organ systems. Difficulties arising from the examination of patients with constipation and the appointment of additional medications are determined by polymorbidity, lack of mobility, and the intake of a variety of medicines. Attempt to create an algorithm of management for elderly patients with constipation is caused by features of the course of constipation in people of older age groups.
Keywords: constipation, elderly and senile age, geriatrics, gerontology, diagnostic algorithm
About the Autors
Corresponding author: Olga I. Medvedeva, Associate Professor at the Department of Propaedeutics of Internal Diseases, Gastroenterology and Dietology, NWSMU n.a. I.I. Mechnikov St. Petersburg, Russia; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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