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Companion Animal Practice
Decision making in the managemnent of constipation in the cat
  1. Philippa Yam

    Philippa Yam graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, in 1992, having obtained a BSc in neuroscience in 1990. She worked in the small animal medicine departments at both the Dick and at Glasgow veterinary school, gaining the certificate in small animal medicine in 1995. She is currently completing a PhD in the faculty of medicine at Glasgow University.


CONSTIPATION is defined as infrequent or absent defecation associated with the retention of faeces within the colon and rectum. Megacolon, a condition in which the colon becomes dilated and hypomotile due to chronic constipation, may be idiopathic or secondary to an underlying cause. The clinician may be faced with the dilemma of whether to treat such cases medically or surgically. Several factors will influence that decision, including identification of an underlying cause, the functional ability of the colon and the response to medical therapy.

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