What is functional constipation?

Also known as: chronic idiopathic constipation, CIC

Constipation is a common symptom that refers to the inability or difficulty to produce a bowel movement. When idiopathic constipation is present, that simply means that the cause of constipation is unknown. In some cases, the constipation can be so severe that it causes dangerous symptoms.

Reviewed by: Juan L Calisto, MD

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