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iMedApps: An App for Constipation Management

Not a clinic day goes by without a patient (or parent) complaining of constipation. Although seemingly mundane to some, the topic is of immense importance to our patients with a variety of etiologies. Unfortunately, constipation education is frequently overlooked, despite the fact that it can be a significant cause of morbidity in elderly, hospitalized patients and can provoke unnecessary visits to the ER or urgent care for parents.

The new Constipation Management app from the University of Utah Health aims to provide an “all you need to know” approach to the topic. Written by Ashok Tuteja, MD, with credits to other university staff, the app is an authoritative overview of the topic clearly derived from lectures by Tuteja. The app runs the gamut of topics, from the definition of constipation, etiologies, work-up, and management. The app includes medical and non-medical approaches to management, from OTC to prescription medications to biofeedback. There are even several short video clips covering proper biofeedback for constipation. Interestingly, the entire app can be viewed while simultaneously listening to the author discussing each module.


  • Ability to read or listen to content
  • Detailed sections on opioid-induced constipation and biofeedback
  • Available for Android


  • Essentially a lecture in app form
  • No section on initial management approach or guidelines
  • Minimal information on constipation in children

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