Constipation is an unsatisfactory defecation distinguished by difficult stool passage, infrequent stools or both.
Difficult stool passage may include straining, feeling of difficulty in passing stool, incomplete evacuation, lumpy/hard stools, prolonged time to defecate, need for manual maneuver to pass stool, abdominal discomfort and feeling of anorectal blockade.
Chronic constipation is considered when symptoms of constipation have existed ≥3 months.
Symptoms of chronic constipation may be due to dysfunction of intestinal motility, visceral sensitivity, anorectal musculature or the enteric nervous system.
A 4-week treatment course of Bifidobacterium lactis NCC2818 in patients with chronic mild constipation does not appear to confer benefits for whole gut transit time and for other constipation-related outcomes, such as stool frequency and stool consistency, a study reports.
New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 01- 15 December 2018
which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does
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occurred since the original approval date.
The novel local-acting ileal bile acid transporter inhibitor elobixibat helps relieve chronic constipation in the short term, with well tolerated safety profile in the long term — supporting the novel approach of increasing intracolonic bile acid concentration for treating chronic constipation, two phase III studies show.
Depression appears to be a stronger predictor of absenteeism than symptom severity in patients with chronic constipation, suggests a study, adding that depression may partly contribute to the indirect costs of chronic constipation.
Use of plecanatide in the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation appears to induce notable improvements in bowel movement frequency, stool consistency, and straining and abdominal symptoms, with a low incidence of adverse events, according to the results of a phase III trial.
Absenteeism among patients with chronic constipation appear to have a stronger association with depression than symptom severity, according to a recent study, suggesting that a portion of the indirect costs of chronic constipation is attributable to depression.
The PD-1* inhibitor nivolumab showed significant survival benefit and a favourable safety profile than taxane chemotherapy in patients with unresectable advanced or recurrent oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) refractory or intolerant to previous fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-based chemotherapy, according to the findings of ATTRACTION-3** presented at ESMO 2019.
Early enteral nutrition (EEN) speeds up the recovery of gastrointestinal function after laparoscopic common bile duct exploration (LCBDE), according to a study. However, EEN also increases complications such as diarrhoea and abdominal distension.
A third of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) patients with cirrhosis have been readmitted in a span of 30 days primarily due to recurrent CDI, a recent study has found. In addition, there is a high rate of mortality linked to CDI in patients with cirrhosis, in which a poor prognosis is predicted by decompensation and 30-day readmission.