covid and gastrointestinal

COVID-19 and the Gastrointestinal (Digestive) System

Written by: Cissi Wimberly Oloomi MSN, APN-CNS, FNP, CNRN, CRRN    In early 2020, the existence and severity of the novel coronavirus, now called COVID-19, was communicated to the world, and began its spread from China to over 180 countries. COVID-19 was described as a respiratory virus that infects the body, is spread easily from particles…
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bowel care multiple sclerosis

Bowel Care Issues Related to Multiple Sclerosis

Constipation is the most commonly reported gastrointestinal complaint from Multiple Sclerosis (“MS”) patients, occurring in about 35% of people affected with the disease. Incontinence is the second most reported bowel complaint, with approximately 25% of patients reporting at least one episode of incontinence per week.   Common causes of constipation in MS patients include reduced and/or…
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Managing Constipation in Pediatric Patients

Constipation in children is unique from adult constipation in several important ways. It is the source of 3% of visits to a pediatrician, and 25% of visits to a pediatric gastroenterologist. Yet it is a condition that often goes unrecognized by parents and as such they don’t seek medical advice. While mild constipation is fairly…
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Prevention and Management of Opioid Induced Constipation

Opioids are widely used for treatment of both chronic and acute pain, and while they can be effective for pain management, it is important to be aware of the health ramifications of one of their most common side effects: constipation. The severity of constipation and need to monitor dosage depends on several variables, including age,…
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Bowel Management: Hospital to Home

It’s the moment many spinal cord injury (SCI) patients are excited about – the transition back to home. As exciting as this is, it can also be a time full of questions and trepidation when it comes to managing their bowel care. There are many considerations to prepare for, including who will be assisting with…
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