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Obstipation Causes

Obstipation is commonly caused by a lack of fibers in one's dietary intake as well as not drinking enough liquids.

Obstipation Definition

Obstipation is a term used to describe a severe form of constipation resulting from an obstruction or blockage in the intestines.

Obstipation Diagnosis

There is no specific diagnostic test for obstipation. Diagnosis is often made on the basis of the patient's symptoms and medical history.

Obstipation Symptoms and Signs

The primary symptom of obstipation is severe constipation with frequent passing of hard stool, typically every 3 to 5 days.

Obstipation Treatment

Obstipation may be alleviated with self-care measures such as eating a high fiber diet and increasing fluid intake. However, such remedies are often temporary, and more aggressive treatment in the form of laxatives is often necessary. Some of the most common laxatives used are: lactulose, lubricants, bulking agents, osmotic laxatives, irritant laxatives, and prokinetics.

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