Severe constipation caused by an abnormally angled coccyx.

Ugeskrift for Laeger

2015 Mar 16;177(12). pii: V08140436.

Simony A, Hansen EJ, Ernst C.

[Article in Danish]

Abstract

Constipation is a common disease among patients in all age groups, and the pathology can vary. This case report describes a 26-year-old female with severe constipation for six years. She was referred to a centre for spine surgery with a coccyx compressing her rectum causing constipation. The symptoms developed six years previously after a trauma, progressed during pregnancy and after giving birth. X-ray showed a 90-degree anterior angulated coccyx compressing the rectum. She was treated with resection of the coccyx, and symptoms disappeared after surgery.

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