Revista Romana de PEDIATRIE | Volumul LXII, Nr. 2, An 2013
ISSN 1454-0398  |  e-ISSN 2069-6175
ISSN-L 1454-0398

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Chronical constipation multifactorial etiopathogeny in childhood

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Constipation is an apparently common condition in children, but it has important consequences in pediatric age. Its prevalence varies between 0.7 and 29.6% (with an average of 8%), with no important difference between sexes. The etiology still remains unclear, and although many mechanisms involved in this disease were discovered, it is still very heterogenous. Constipation may be functional, related with an inadequate diet or with psychical circumstances which influences the normal act of defecation, organic, in which gastrointestinal diseases and not only, play a big role, or it may be talked about a genetic determinism. Specific associated gene mutations haven’t been related yet. There are plenty of genetic syndromes in which constipation is a frequent symptom. Trying to objectify the diagnosis, many types of classifications were suggested, based on the main types of the symptoms. Despite of this, diagnosing constipation in children still remains an important challenge.

Key words: child, constipation, delayed bowel movements

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