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The NHG Guideline Constipation provides recommendations for diagnosis and management of constipation in children and adults, a common problem in general practice.

The guideline provides a uniform definition for constipation that is applicable to children and adults, with the aim to to reduce overdiagnosis as well as underdiagnosis.

Non-drug recommendations and long-term treatment are particularly important in the treatment of constipation in children. The drug treatment in children and in adults is nearly the same. The guideline addresses additional considerations relevant to children separately.


The guideline program of the College is designed for GPs in the context of the Dutch healthcare system. It makes no warranties concerning the efficacy of the guidelines used in other countries. The information is for educational and/or professional use only and is provided in good faith without any express or implied warranty. The College does not accept responsibility for any loss or damage occasioned by use of the information contained on the website nor from any access to the website. All access and use is at the risk of the end-user.

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Van Asselt KM, Hinloopen RJ, Silvius AM, Van der Linden PJQ, Van Oppen CCAN, Van Balen JAM



Revision Date

April 2010