Idiopathic Constipation

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Idiopathic Constipation

In our Pediatric Colorectal Center (PCC), children with chronic idiopathic constipation receive comprehensive care from a team of physicians that includes gastrointestinal specialists, urologists and colorectal surgeons, as well as nurses, dietitians and others.

Chronic idiopathic constipation refers to constipation for which there is no known underlying cause, and it can range from being somewhat mild to severe. It is one of the most common bowel movement disorders among children. A multidisciplinary approach is essential, because the causes of chronic constipation in children can be both subtle and complex. We are able to help patients who have been suffering from chronic idiopathic constipation for many years.

Treatment Options

Idiopathic constipation can be treated. For many patients, an individualized diet provides significant relief. Sometimes, our team also recommends laxatives or enemas. Another option is for patients to participate in our Bowel Management Program. A small percentage of patients with chronic constipation may benefit from surgery.

Children with colon and rectal diseases often suffer from more than physical symptoms. The social stigma these illnesses have can leave children feeling ashamed, depressed, and alone. We manage the entire spectrum of your child’s colorectal problem — from the medical to the mental and social. Our team provides complete treatment plans and family-centered care for each child’s unique case of colorectal disease.

To request an appointment, please call our Patient Referral Center at (916) 453-2191.

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