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Chronic constipation

Chronic constipation is a prevalent condition characterized by hard stools, excessive straining, infrequent bowel movements, bloating and abdominal pain. This PrimeView focuses on the different types of primary chronic constipation, which include normal-transit constipation, rectal evacuation disorders and slow-transit constipation.

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Chronic constipation. Nat Rev Dis Primers 3, 17096 (2017).

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