5) Under the Rome criteria, constipation is defined as persistently difficult, infrequent, or seemingly incomplete defecation that does not meet the criteria for irritable bowel syndrome.
7) Knowledge of normal gut motility and the defecation reflex helps nurses understand the causes and treatment of constipation.
The current iteration of the Rome criteria for IBS requires at least 3 months of continuous or recurrent symptoms of pain relieved with defecation
and/or changes in frequency/consistency of stool.
Study investigators reviewed patients' medical records to see if the subjects had received anorectal defecation testing.
Anorectal defecation testing of patients with IBS-type symptoms is thought to have become more common at highly specialized centers in recent years, Dr.
The Rome criteria symptoms used to define pelvic floor dysfunction include: straining when defecating more than 25% of the time, lumpy or hard stools more than 25% of the time, incomplete evacuation more than 25% of the time, sensation of anorectal blocking more than 25% of the time, manual maneuvers to facilitate defecation
more than 25% of the time, or one or fewer defecations