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Prevalence and Incidence of Chronic Constipation
      07/05/06 05:35 PM

Prevalence and Incidence

Chronic constipation is a highly prevalent disorder affecting approximately 15% of the US population. Two studies presented during this year's DDW meeting addressed the prevalence and incidence of chronic constipation. The first was a multinational study conducted by Wald and colleagues involving 13,958 persons from 7 different countries. The study authors demonstrated that constipation is highly prevalent worldwide, with rates ranging from 14% to 18% in France, Brazil, South Korea, and the United States. It is interesting to note that rates in 3 European countries were lower (5% in Germany and 8% in both Italy and the United Kingdom), although the investigators did not comment on why this may be. In all 7 countries, constipation was more prevalent in individuals aged 60 years and older. This study also reported that 30% to 40% of all persons who were constipated had used a laxative within the past year, and that laxative use was consistently higher in those older than 60 years. These findings extend previously published data from the United States and Canada showing that the prevalence of constipation is high and that a large number of patients require medication for their chronic condition.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/536306?src=mp

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