Opioids linked with rectal hyposensitivity in patients with chronic constipation

SAN ANTONIO — Recent opioid use was an independent risk factor for rectal hyposensitivity and defecation dysfunction in patients with chronic constipation, according to study results presented at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting.Walter W. Chan, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Gastrointestinal Motility at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said opioid-induced constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal side effects of opioid use, effecting approximately 80% of patients.“The current guidelines for treatment and management of OIC mainly focusRead More

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