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Table 2 Rome III diagnostic criteria for chronic constipation

From: Chronic constipation in the elderly: a primer for the gastroenterologist

1-MUST INCLUDE TWO OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:
 a. Straining during at least 25 % of defecations
 b. Lumpy or hard stools in at least 25 % of defecations
 c. Sensation of incomplete evacuation for at least 25 % of defecations
 d. Sensation of anorectal obstruction/blockage for at least 25 % of defecations
 e. Manual maneuvers to facilitate at least 25 % of defecations (e.g., digital evacuation, support of the pelvic floor)
 f. Fewer than three defecations per week
2-LOOSE STOOLS ARE RARELY PRESENT WITHOUT THE USE OF LAXATIVES
3-INSUFFICIENT CRITERIA FOR IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
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