Journal article

Quality of life in children with slow transit constipation

Melanie CC Clarke, Chee S Chow, Janet W Chase, Susie Gibb, John M Hutson, Bridget R Southwell

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC SURGERY | W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Slow transit constipation (STC) causes intractable symptoms not readily responsive to laxatives, diet, or life-style changes. Children with STC have irregular bowel motions associated with colicky abdominal pain and frequent uncontrollable soiling. This study assessed the physical and psychosocial quality of life (QOL) in children with long-standing (> or =2 years) STC vs healthy controls. METHODS: Children (aged 8-18) were recruited from gastrointestinal and surgical clinics and a Scout Jamboree. After informed consent was obtained, the questionnaire (Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory) was administered. This consists of parallel child and parent self-report scales encompassing..

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