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Causes of constipation in adults

Constipation can be caused by several different things. They include:

Important!

It is uncommon for constipation to be due to bowel cancer, but a bowel blockage (when you do not poo for several days and have a painful swollen tummy) may be due to this. This is different to constipation. If this happens, it is important to see your doctor straight away as you may need to go to hospital for treatment.

On the next page: Constipation tests and diagnosis

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by GP liaison, Gastroenterology, Canterbury DHB. Updated July 2017.

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