Topics: Small Intestine & Nutrition, Neurogastroenterology & Motility

Authors: Anton Emmanuel, Dan Meir Livovsky, Amir Mari
Editor: Tomer Adar
Release date: April 2017, reviewed/updated December 2019 and January 2022
This course was developed by UEG 

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About this online course

Despite being one of the most common gastrointestinal conditions, the evaluation and treatment of constipation can be challenging. Many physicians are poorly trained in the management of these patients and even some gastroenterologists find it difficult. Nevertheless, by following a systematic, pathophysiologic and evidence-based approach, the clinician will be able to treat the vast majority of constipated patients.

This online course covers the most relevant aspects regarding constipation, ranging from the physiology of defecation, to pathophysiology, investigations, treatment and management in special situations.

Learning objectives

  • To understand the multiplicity of symptoms in constipation.
  • To learn the pathophysiology and classification of chronic constipation.
  • To learn the association of symptoms with the pathophysiology of constipation.
  • Be able to develop an approach to the investigation of chronic constipation (exclude secondary cause and explore primary pathophysiology).
  • Acquire a practical approach to laxative therapy.
  • Understand the place and effect of complex emerging therapies.

Target audience

This course is suitable for general gastroenterologists (trainees and seniors), surgeons, family physicians, general practitioners and any other healthcare professionals interested or involved in the diagnosis and management of chronic constipation in adults.