Expert Video - What is chronic constipation and what causes it?

Expert gastroenterologist Dr. Satish Rao describes the long-term bowel problem of chronic constipation and the possible causes. He explains the difference between chronic and occasional constipation, how many bowel movements a week is considered constipation, and what can cause occasional constipation. He also describes primary and secondary chronic constipation and what medications and conditions can cause secondary constipation. Dr. Rao also discusses opioid-induced constipation and when the medical term "chronic idiopathic constipation" is appropriate.

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