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Constipation exam questions for medical finals, OSCEs and MRCP PACES


Question 1.

What are the metabolic causes of constipation?

  • Hypothyroidism, Hypercalcaemia, Hypokalaemia

Question 2.

Which medications commonly cause constipation?

  • Opiates
  • Calcium channel blockers (Verapamil)
  • Anticholinergics (Tricyclic antidepressants, phenothiazines)
  • Iron supplements

Question 3.

What are the various types of laxatives used in constipation?

  • Bulking agents
  • Stool softeners
  • Stimulant laxatives
  • Osmotic laxatives