Constipation flags several risks in younger patients

YOUNGER patients with chronic constipation are at greater risk of serious GI complications such as cancer, ischaemic colitis and diverticulitis, a large US study has found.

The researchers from the University of California say their findings “warrant consideration for screening colonoscopy” for patients under 50 presenting with chronic constipation, however an Australian specialist does not support a change in current practice.

The retrospective study looked at around 13,000 patients under 50 with a chronic