Prevalence of Constipation among Medical Students: Single Centre Experience


Author(s): Marwa A Besar*, Nada K. Afia and Rana F.Badr

Background: Constipation is a functional abnormality of defecation, which often has a multi factorial origin. The epidemiological data available on constipation are limited, especially among students with poor dietary and defecation habit. Constipation generates high health care costs related to diagnostic work up, medication and even surgery.

Objectives: assess the prevalence of constipation among medical students and its association with bad habits concerning defecation, such as postponing, unhealthy lifestyle.

Methods: This is an observational cross-sectional study including (283) 5th grade medical students in Menofia faculty of medicine were randomly selected. A cluster of questionnaires easy to understand and fill out was online distributed.

Results: About 283 5th grade medical students were studied, 188 (66.4%) were males, and 95 (33.6%) were females. Of the studied students only 75 (26.5%) students reported feeling constipated, poor dietary habit was main contributing factor 25 (60.7%) students. There is statistically significant differences (p=0.000) between sex; high prevalence of constipation among females 39 (41.1%) than 36 males (19.1%).

Conclusion: constipation among 5th grade medical students related more to poor dietary habit and stressful life. No significant prevalence between male and female. S6t3Bh9Gwo