A stylized image of the front view of a person's torso is shown, with the stomach and intestines visible more brightly against a lighter outline that suggests the shape of the body. A green fractal background is seen behind the image. Most gastroenterologists have encountered patients who complain of chronic constipation. Colonoscopy shows no anatomical abnormalities. Nonetheless, conservative treatment with laxatives and bulking agents brings only temporary, minor relief.
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Skip to search form Skip to main content. Constipation: evaluation and treatment of colonic and anorectal motility disorders. Functional chronic constipation consists of three overlapping subtypes: slow transit constipation, dyssynergic defecation, and irritable bowel syndrome with constipation. The Rome criteria may serve as a useful guide for making a clinical diagnosis of functional constipation. View on PubMed.
The Motility Clinic consists of physicians who have special training and interests in disorders of gastrointestinal motility. The major disorders that fall into this category of gastrointestinal conditions include:. Though some of these conditions do not have a well-defined pathophysiology or specific therapies, patients can often be helped by the highly focused therapeutic approaches that have been evaluated critically by the Mayo group.
Anismus is the failure of the normal relaxation of pelvic floor muscles during attempted defecation. It can occur in both children and adults, and in both men and women although it is more common in women. It can be caused by physical defects or it can occur for other reasons or unknown reasons. Anismus that has a behavioral cause could be viewed as having similarities with parcopresis , or psychogenic fecal retention.