Chronic Constipation

Chronic Constipation


Reported at the annual meeting of American college of gastroenterology.

Chronic constipation may predispose affected patient to developing colon cancer and benign neoplasms, according to analysis of data from a large retrospective U.S. Claims database.

The risk of developing colon cancer was 1.78 times higher among 28,000 adults with chronic constipation than among 86,000 controls without chronic constipation and the risk of developing benign neoplasms was 2.7 times higher in those with chronic constipation.

Stomach-pain-ResizeThe researchers matched control subjects who have never been diagnosed with constipation and never had a prescription filled for laxatives during the observation period. The prevalence of colon cancer in this study was 2.7% in the patients and 1.7% in the controls. The prevalence of benign neoplasms was 24.8% in the patients and 11.9% in the controls.

The postulate link is that lower transit times increase their duration of contact between the colonic mucosa and concentrated carcinogens such as bile acids in the lumen, was reported. The study stated this association deserves further investigation to more thoroughly explore and better understand the causable link. The study emphasized that further study is needed and practitioners should be aware of the potential relationship between chronic constipation and the development of colon cancer and benign neoplasms and should monitor and treat patients accordingly.


I would like my readers to view my website under condition and review the articles on Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. The health of the colon is directly responsible for many disease processes in our body. I routinely do sophisticated functional analyses of stool looking for information, infections such as parasite and fungus, as well as clostridia difficile, salmonella, amoebas, etc. The report also includes evaluation of pancreatic function, as well as evaluation of the good and bad flora with acidophilous being measured. I feel that a functional analysis using these sophisticated tests of gastrointestinal health is imperative, whether you have Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, constipation, or leaky gut, along with gluten sensitivity, allergies or heavy metals, we need to address the underlying issue of gut health to prevent cancer.

I do extensive stool studies for digestion, food allergy testing and autoantibody testing along with gluten evaluation.

If you have issues like this and wish a consultation, please call my office for further evaluation.

Best in Health,

Dean R. Silver, M.D.