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Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell

This study provided a meta-analysis of the incidence of constipation in stroke patients. The authors concluded that there is a high occurrence of constipation in stroke patients.

Some background

Stroke patients usually experience side effects after stroke. This can include constipation. Constipation can lead to prolonged hospital stay and further health complications. It can also limit social activities and result in a decreased quality of life for the patient. The prevalence of constipation is poorly documented as it is a problem that is often overlooked in stroke research.


Methods & findings

This meta-analysis documented the average incidence of constipation in stroke patients.

Eight studies were included which totalled 1385 patients. Of these, 601 patients reported constipation. The average incidence of constipation was 48%.

The average incidence of constipation was 66% after hemorrhagic stroke (burst blood vessel in the brain). This was higher than after ischemic stroke (blood vessel stopping blood flow to the brain), which was 51%.

Average incidence of constipation was slightly higher during the rehabilitation stage at 48% compared to the acute stage at 45%.

The bottom line

The authors concluded that this data showed that the incidence of constipation is high for stroke patients.

What’s next?

Make sure to discuss any symptoms affecting your quality of life with your doctor.

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Jun 01, 2017

Original Title :

Incidence of constipation in stroke patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

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