Practical treatments for constipation in Korea

Kyung Sik Park, Suck Chei Choi, Moo In Park, Jeong Eun Shin, Kee Wook Jung, Seong Eun Kim, Tae Hee Lee, Hoon Sup Koo

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Constipation is a digestive symptom that is frequently seen in clinical practice. Its prevalence has been reported to be 2% to 20%, depending on geographical region. Despite the rapid development of medical science, systematic studies on constipation have been rarely conducted in Korea. Recently, guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders, including constipation, were proposed by The Korean Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility. These guidelines are expected to reflect the current situation regarding treatment of constipation in Korea. In this paper, practical constipation treatment methods that are in current use will be reviewed with reference to these recent guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-270
Number of pages9
JournalKorean Journal of Internal Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Constipation
  • Korea
  • Therapy


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