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My son`s chronic bowel problems

05/11/2009

Question:

my son has had bowel problems since he was a baby.He had double hernia surgery when he was 3 years old.He is now almost 16.He struggles to have a bowel movement.Sometimes he does not go for many days.He has never had diarrhea in his life.What could be the problem?

Answer:

I would discuss your concerns with your son's primary care provider, who has access to his medical records and the ability to perform a physical examination to determine if there are any issues that need to be addressed.

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Response by:

Michael Spigarelli, MD, PhD
Formerly, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati