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Can constipation be a warning sign of a more serious condition?

Very rarely, constipation is a sign of a more serious condition. Constipation with pain or bleeding when passing a stool could be a warning sign of colon cancer, especially in people over 50 years of age, but it is also a sign of having hemorrhoids (piles). Being unable to pass a stool or gas, with cramping pain, may be a sign of an intestinal obstruction. Always tell your doctor about any pain, bleeding or bloating, especially if it lasts for more than two weeks.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 23 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Irritable bowel syndrome


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