Children's Constipation Diagnosis

David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, discusses constipation diagnosis.

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David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, discusses constipation diagnosis.
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Featuring Dr. David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC

Duration: 1 minute, 8 seconds

The diagnosis of constipation mostly relies on the patient's history and the physical examination.

Many people wouldn't know whether they are constipated or not, and it's more difficult for a parent to know how constipated a child is. This is where a good history with a family physician can help.

A physical examination is usually an abdominal exam, which is putting the hands on the abdomen,ö says Israel. ôWith the patient's history and a good physical examination, very little else is needed.

These can be very inaccurate and often lead to mismanagement and misunderstanding, so they should be utilized by your family physician only after a thorough exam and history.

If you have questions about the constipation diagnosis, contact your local physician or gastroenterologist.

Presenter: Dr. David Israel, Pediatrician, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Pediatrician

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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