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Constipation in adults - red flag symptoms

Constipation in adults - red flag symptoms

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Red flags

Time to Complete

0.5 hours


December 21, 2018


January 7, 2019

Programme Description

This interactive module by Dr Pipin Singh
 considers constipation in adults. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include determining the patient’s normal bowel habit, red flags to look out for, dietary advice and when to refer.

Educational Objectives

After reading this article healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • List the red flag symptoms associated with constipation
  • Take a relevant history and examine a patient with constipation
  • Conduct an abdominal, pelvic and/or rectal examination
  • Recall common causes of constipation

  • Make an appropriate referral if a serious pathology is suspected
  • Author

    Activity and test author
    Dr Pipin Singh



    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 0.5 learning credits (0.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


    Hardware and Software Requirements
    • A computer with an internet connection
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
    • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required