Medline ® Abstract for Reference 128
of 'Chronic functional constipation and fecal incontinence in infants and children: Treatment'
Long-term follow-up of medically treated childhood constipation.
Sutphen JL, Borowitz SM, Hutchison RL, Cox DJ
Clin Pediatr (Phila). 1995;34(11):576.
We describe the long-term (mean 6.8 years) follow-up of 43 children treated medically for chronic constipation and encopresis. Overall outcome was quite good. Thirty children (70%) were entirely asymptomatic at follow-up. Intermittent mild constipation persisted in 13 patients; only two required persistent but infrequent laxative therapy. Encopresis persisted in three of 17 children who initially reported this symptom, and was associated with significant behavioral problems.
Department of Pediatrics, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville 22908, USA.