Published in Cancer Weekly, August 9th, 2005
"Because symptoms alone do not identify pathophysiology or differentiate subgroups of constipation, diagnostic tests are generally recommended," gastroenterologists in the United States explained. "However, their utility is not known."
To remedy this, S.S.C. Rao and colleagues at the University of Iowa "performed a systematic review of diagnostic tests commonly used in constipation."
"We searched the English literature using MEDLINE and PUBMED databases from 1966 to 2004 for studies in adults published as full manuscripts whose methodological quality...
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