Constipation Diagnosis in Adults
At the initial examination of constipation diagnosis, your doctor will ask for your medical history, symptoms, lifestyle, and routine. Your medical history will also be a factor that can help your doctor’s diagnosis process.
A number of conditions that doctors consider when performing a diagnosis include whether you need to exert longer stools, less frequent bowel movements than three times a week, and stool textures that are often hard or granular.
Physical examination will also be done if you experience fecal impaction or accumulation of dry and hard stool in the rectum. This examination can be done through the anus or by touching the stomach (especially in pediatric patients).
But if you have severe symptoms of constipation or do not recover even after treatment, your doctor may recommend several other tests to diagnose or eliminate the possibility of other diseases. Among them:
- Rontgen abdomen.
- Anorectal manometry examination. This process shows the level of muscle and nerve performance around the rectum.
- CT scan.
- Blood tests to check hormone levels in the body, especially thyroid hormone.