Pappagallo34 surveyed 76 opioid-using pain clinic patients with chronic noncancer pain and found that 40% had less than three stools per week, despite 80% of them taking medications to prevent constipation. Leroi et al35 interviewed 344 Canadian gastrointestinal (GI) clinic patients with functional lower GI disorders, and found that 40% reported a history of sexual abuse, compared to 10% of those being seen for organic disorders. Of those who reported a history of sexual abuse, 88% reported constipation. A more recent study by Hobbis et al36 used a matched case-control design to find that in two sets of age- and gender-matched controls (Crohn's disease patient controls and healthy controls) there were no differences in the rates of abuse between patients with functional bowel disorders and controls.
Thus, constipation appears to be strongly associated with a number of neurologic diseases, with opioid use, and possibly with a history of sexual abuse, although the association between constipation and sexual abuse remains to be confirmed.
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