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The Shocking Danger of Constipation in Children

By Steve Hodges, M.D.

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Last week brought news that British authorities have been investigating the death of a teenage girl from constipation. That’s right: death. The girl’s colon became so engorged with stool that it compressed her chest cavity and triggered a heart attack.

This story sounds unbelievable—shocking, at the very least.

But you know what? I’m not shocked.

Though I have not, thank goodness, personally seen a case of such tragic proportions, I have many patients whose severe constipation went unrecognized for years.

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