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Constipation

Paul Daeninck and Tim Hiebert

in Palliative Medicine

Third edition

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199694143
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739255 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694143.003.0062
Constipation

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This chapter gives a case study to show the desired skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to manage constipation in cancer patients. It considers several questions such as: What are the risk factors for constipation? What is the pathophysiology underlying constipation in patients with advanced illness? How to conduct an assessment for constipation? What type of enemas to consider for managing constipation in advanced illness? What is methylnaltrexone and when and how is it used to manage constipation?

Keywords: palliative care; medical education; case studies; patient care; cancer patients; enemas; methylnaltrexone

Chapter.  5547 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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