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Diagnosis and management of functional constipation: A common pediatric problem

Petersen, Brenda MSN, RN, APN-BC, CPNP-PC, CNL

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000451909.40427.b0
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Abstract: Constipation may be functional, anatomic, neurologic, obstructive, endocrine, metabolic, or medicinal. This article will review the common presentation of functional constipation, diagnostic criteria, treatment, and management guidelines in pediatric primary care. Implications for nurse practitioners and directions for future research will be discussed.

Brenda Petersen is an assistant director of nursing at Caldwell University, Caldwell, N.J.

The author has disclosed that she has no financial relationships related to this article.

© 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins