Constipation: Definition, Causes & Impaction


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Which of the following may be a sequela or sign of constipation?

I. Hard feces/straining

II. Impaction

III. Diarrhea

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Which of the following is true regarding constipation?

I. It can be acute.

II. It can be chronic.

III. It is a symptom.

2. Based on the most technical definition of constipation, if a person has a hard stool and straining for over three months, do they really have constipation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

See how much you know about constipation using the worksheet and corresponding quiz. You will be quizzed on the causes and impaction of this medical problem.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these tools to check your knowledge of:

  • Signs of constipation
  • Drugs that can cause constipation
  • Term referring to a symptom rather than a disease that may be chronic in nature

Skills Practiced

You can use these tools to practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding the signs of constipation
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the term that refers to a symptom that may be chronic in nature that results in a decreased frequency in the passage of stools
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding drugs that cause this medical condition and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Gain more knowledge about this problem using the lesson, Constipation: Definition, Causes & Impaction. You can cover these objectives as well:

  • Examine how constipation occurs
  • Review characteristics of constipation
  • Learn how this medical condition is treated