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Constipation and other chronic gastrointestinal problems in spinal cord injury patients.

Danny De Looze (UGent) , Myriam Van Laere (UGent) , Martine De Muynck (UGent) , R Beke and André Elewaut (UGent)
(1998) SPINAL CORD. 36(1). p.63-66
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From a questionnaire sent to 90 spinal cord injury (SCI) patients it is concluded that 58% of patients with a complete SCI above L2 suffer from constipation, defined as two or fewer bowel movements per week. or the use of aids such as laxatives, manual evacuation or enemas. Tetraplegic patients had the highest prevalence of constipation, while patients with low paraplegia were less prone to constipation. The use of anticholinergic drugs was found to predispose to constipation. Preserved rectal sensation did not influence the presence of constipation. Faecal incontinence was rare. Regular abdominal pain was present in one third of SCI patients and might be caused by an irritable bowel syndrome in 62% of these.
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MOTILITY, TRANSIT, abdominal pain, ANORECTAL FUNCTION, constipation, SCI, faecal incontinence, TRANSECTION

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De Looze, Danny, Myriam Van Laere, Martine De Muynck, R Beke, and André Elewaut. 1998. “Constipation and Other Chronic Gastrointestinal Problems in Spinal Cord Injury Patients.” Spinal Cord 36 (1): 63–66.
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De Looze, D., Van Laere, M., De Muynck, M., Beke, R., & Elewaut, A. (1998). Constipation and other chronic gastrointestinal problems in spinal cord injury patients. SPINAL CORD, 36(1), 63–66.
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De Looze D, Van Laere M, De Muynck M, Beke R, Elewaut A. Constipation and other chronic gastrointestinal problems in spinal cord injury patients. SPINAL CORD. 1998;36(1):63–6.
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De Looze, Danny, Myriam Van Laere, Martine De Muynck, et al. “Constipation and Other Chronic Gastrointestinal Problems in Spinal Cord Injury Patients.” SPINAL CORD 36.1 (1998): 63–66. Print.
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  abstract     = {From a questionnaire sent to 90 spinal cord injury (SCI) patients it is concluded that 58\% of patients with a complete SCI above L2 suffer from constipation, defined as two or fewer bowel movements per week. or the use of aids such as laxatives, manual evacuation or enemas. Tetraplegic patients had the highest prevalence of constipation, while patients with low paraplegia were less prone to constipation. The use of anticholinergic drugs was found to predispose to constipation. Preserved rectal sensation did not influence the presence of constipation. Faecal incontinence was rare. Regular abdominal pain was present in one third of SCI patients and might be caused by an irritable bowel syndrome in 62\% of these.},
  author       = {De Looze, Danny and Van Laere, Myriam and De Muynck, Martine and Beke, R and Elewaut, Andr{\'e}},
  issn         = {1362-4393},
  journal      = {SPINAL CORD},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {63--66},
  title        = {Constipation and other chronic gastrointestinal problems in spinal cord injury patients.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.sc.3100531},
  volume       = {36},
  year         = {1998},
}

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