• Chronic Constipation Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms
  • Colonic inertia: A condition in which the nerves or muscles of the colon do not work normally and the contents of the colon are not propelled through the colon normally.
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: Condition in which the muscles of the lower pelvis that surround the rectum does not work.
  • Barium Enema: It is a type of X-Ray liquid barium is inserted through the anus to fill the rectum and colon which in turn outlines the colon on taking X-ray. Any abnormal growth or tumor is detected with this test.
  • Defecography: A modification of the barium enema examination which examines the process of defecation by taking X-Ray while the patient defecates the barium.
  • Fiber: These are materials made by plants that is not digested by the human gut and gets expelled in stool thereby forming bulk and relieving constipation.
  • Crohn's disease: It is a chronic inflammatory disease of intestine and may affect anywhere from mouth to anus. It may cause bowel obstruction.
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