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Topic: Colonic motility, inertia, pseudo-obstruction

  1. Fact Sheet: Constipation, Colonic Inertia, and Colonic Marker Studies

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    By: Eli D. Ehrenpreis, MD

    Constipation is a common symptom. Treatment for constipation often includes lifestyle modifications such as increasing fluid intake, consuming more fiber, and exercising regularly. At times, the symptom of constipation can represent serious medical illnesses such as hypothyroidism or diabetes. Structural abnormalities of the colon, like colonic strictures or other diseases of the colon or rectum, may also cause constipation. It is therefore advisable to report constipation to your physician if it is persistent or difficult to manage. Tests and treatment are described.

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  2. Fact Sheet: Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders of the Small Intestine, Large Intestine, Rectum, and Pelvic Floor

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    By: William E. Whitehead, PhD

    The gastrointestinal tract is divided into four distinct parts that are separated by sphincter muscles; these four regions have distinctly different functions to perform and different patterns of motility (contractions). Abnormal motility or abnormal sensitivity in any part of the gastrointestinal tract can cause characteristic symptoms: food sticking, pain, or heartburn in the esophagus; nausea and vomiting in the stomach; pain and bloating in the small intestine; and pain, constipation, diarrhea, and incontinence in the colon and rectum.

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  3. Fact Sheet: Understanding the Quality of Life Impact of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

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    By: Brennan M. R. Spiegel, MD

    Functional gastrointestinal (G) disorders significantly impact health related quality of life. This impact is obvious to anyone who has a disorder, or to any provider who cares for people with these disorders. In light of this finding, several medical organizations suggest that healthcare providers carefully monitor the health related quality of life of their patients in order to help guide treatment decisions. However, some studies indicate that many (but by no means all) providers do a poor job of addressing their patients' concerns, and accurately assessing the impact of functional GI disorder symptoms on their overall health status. Patients, in turn, become dissatisfied with their care. This article aims to help both provider and patient understand health related quality of life and improve patient care.

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  4. DHM: Digestive Health Matters 19.04 - 2010 No 4 - ELECTRONIC PDF

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    By: International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders IFFGD

    Digestive Health Matters 19.03 - Fall 2010 - ELECTRONIC PDF

    In this issue:

    • Functional GI Disorders – Setting the Record Straight
    • Infant Regurgitation
    • VA Recognition of Functional GI Disorders
    • New U.S. Food Safety Laws
    • Resilience of Children Receiving Intravenous Nutrition
    • Ask Questions about Tests
    • Research Findings in Chronic GI Conditions
    • Progressive GI Symptoms: Could it be Scleroderma?

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