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Constipation and difficulty defecating are separate health problems, often confused with each other.


There are four main concepts together or separately in the definition of constipation:

  • Having lumpy or hard stools, 
  • Passing small amounts of stool, 
  • Difficulty Passing stools , 
  • Passing fewer stools than usual,

In general, constipation can be determined if the number of weekly defecation is less than three.

Diseases such as anismus, rectocele and incomplete rectal prolapse can be listed under the Defecation Disorder group.

The most important symptoms are:
  • Feeling as though not enough stool came out,
  • Feeling that there is more stool,
  • Feeling as though you can't completely empty the stool from your rectum,
  • Defecation with the help of hand,
  • Slimy stool,

Methods used for differential diagnosis and treatment of constipation and defecation disorders:

  • Anorectal Manometry "a test that measures how well the rectum and anal sphincter are working"
  • The bowel transit time measurement
  • Endoscopic interventions
  • Defecography
  • Balloon expulsion test
  • Anal and pelvic EMG

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