Expert Video - How is chronic constipation diagnosed?

Medical expert Dr. Satish Rao describes how chronic constipation is diagnosed, including the use of medical history and tests that can identify a condition causing it. He explains when a colonoscopy is needed and what other tests you may have, including a colon transit study and a motility capsule. Dr. Rao also describes how anorectal manometry and the balloon expulsion test can help doctors find the source of constipation.

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