" Symptoms and signs include abdominal distention, vomiting, obstipation, and cramps."
** Obstipation.....A condition of extreme and persistent constipation caused by obstruction in the intestinal or eliminatory system; a process of blocking. .....................
** Constipation.....difficulty in passing stools or an incomplete or infrequent passage of hard stools. There are many causes, both organic and functional. Among the organic causes are intestinal obstruction, diverticulitis, and tumors. Functional impairment of the colon may occur in elderly or bedridden patients who fail to respond to the urge to defecate. For constipation that is not organically caused, the nurse can encourage a liberal diet of fruits, vegetables, and plenty of water. The patient should be encouraged to exercise moderately, if possible, and to develop regular, unhurried bowel habits.
SOURCE: Mosby's Medical Dictionery: Revised 2nd Edition
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