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Question: chronic constipation


 sumithadke - Tue Mar 29, 2005 10:06 am

hi doctor . i am a med student. i am chronically constipated. also ihad incidentally discovered that i had spina bifida at S1 on x ray KUB. can it be causing bowel movt. disorder.or bladder dysfunction?
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Sun Jun 25, 2006 7:24 pm

User avatar Dear sumithadke,
It is true that people with spina bifida suffer also from neurogenic bowel. Urinary, renal problems are also associted with Spina bifida. In Spina bifida, lesions are above sacral vertebrae2- S2 where nerves that control GI functions go out. As a result, stool moves more slowly inside the colon where to much water is re-absorbed, and a harder stool is the end result. Exercises may be of help to increase bowel movement.
Best regards,

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